Sets up, operates, or tends more than one type of cutting or forming machine tool or robot.
This career is part of the Manufacturing cluster Manufacturing Production pathway.
A person in this career:
- Observes machine operation to detect workpiece defects or machine malfunctions, adjusting machines as necessary.
- Sets up and operates machines, such as lathes, cutters, shears, borers, millers, grinders, presses, drills, and auxiliary machines, to make metallic and plastic workpieces.
- Inspects workpieces for defects, and measures workpieces to determine accuracy of machine operation, using rules, templates, or other measuring instruments.
- Reads blueprints or job orders to determine product specifications and tooling instructions and to plan operational sequences.
- Starts machines and turns handwheels or valves to engage feeding, cooling, and lubricating mechanisms.
- Selects, installs, and adjusts alignment of drills, cutters, dies, guides, and holding devices, using templates, measuring instruments, and hand tools.
- Moves controls or mounts gears, cams, or templates in machines to set feed rates and cutting speeds, depths, and angles.
- Positions, adjusts, and secures stock material or workpieces against stops, on arbors, or in chucks, fixtures, or automatic feeding mechanisms, manually or using hoists.
- Sets machine stops or guides to specified lengths as indicated by scales, rules, or templates.
- Performs minor machine maintenance, such as oiling or cleaning machines, dies, or workpieces, or adding coolant to machine reservoirs.