• Metal and Plastic Lathe and Turning Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders
  • Manufacturing
  • Annual Median Wage
    $ 41,470
    $30,320 range bar $55,550
    Annual NC Wage Range
    Growth Rate
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    Very Slow Growing
  • Metal and Plastic Lathe and Turning Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders set up, operate, or tend lathe and turning machines to turn, bore, thread, form, or face metal or plastic materials, such as wire, rod, or bar stock.

What do they typically do

  • Start lathe or turning machines and observe operations to make sure that specifications are met
  • Inspect sample workpieces to check conformance with specifications using instruments such as gauges, micrometers, and dial indicators
  • Lift metal stock or workpieces by hand or using hoists, and position and secure them in machines using fasteners and hand tools
  • Move controls to set cutting speeds and depths and feed rates and to position tools in relation to workpieces
  • Crank machines through cycles, stopping to adjust tool positions and machine controls to ensure specified timing, clearances, and tolerances
  • Adjust machine controls and change tool settings to keep dimensions within specified tolerances
  • Select cutting tools and tooling instructions, following written specifications or knowledge of metal properties and shop mathematics
  • Study blueprints, layouts or charts, and job orders for information on specifications and tooling instructions and to determine material requirements and operational sequences

Number of Jobs

Average Annual
Job Growth -0.3%
Job Openings 76

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Education & Training

  • Education

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

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