• Metal and Plastic Drilling and Boring Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders
  • Manufacturing
  • Annual Median Wage
    $ 31,490
    $28,390 range bar $55,640
    Annual NC Wage Range
    Growth Rate
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    Very Slow Growing
  • Metal and Plastic Drilling and Boring Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders set up, operate, or tend drilling machines to drill, bore, ream, mill, or countersink metal or plastic work pieces.

What do they typically do

  • Install tools in spindles
  • Use measuring instruments like calipers, micrometers, or fixed or telescoping gauges to make sure machine work matches specifications
  • Position and secure workpieces on tables, using bolts, jigs, clamps, shims, or other holding devices
  • Select and set cutting speeds, feed rates, depths of cuts, and cutting tools according to machining instructions or knowledge of metal properties
  • Establish zero reference points on workpieces, such as at the intersections of two edges or over hole locations
  • Use wrenches to change worn cutting tools
  • Move machine controls to lower tools to workpieces and to engage automatic feeds
  • Study machining instructions, job orders, or blueprints to determine specifications, sequences of operations, setups, or tooling requirements

Number of Jobs

Average Annual
Job Growth -1.7%
Job Openings 34

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Education & Training

  • Education

    These occupations usually require a high school diploma.
    Associated Programs or Majors
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