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Lathe and Turning Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic

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.   (O'Net 51-4034.00)

 
Reported job titles:   Acme - Gridley Tool Setter, Automatic Screwmaker, Automatic Spinning Lathe Operator, Automatic Spinning Lathe Setter, Axle Turner, Back Facer, Balance Recesser, Balance Wheel Facer, Bar Pointer, Bar Turner, Barrel Finisher, Barrel Turner, Bell Spinner, Bevel Mill Operator, Bevel Operator, Bolt Threader, Brake Drum Lathe Operator, Bullard Machine Operator, Bullard Operator, Chaser, Chucker, Chucking Machine Set Up Operator, Computer Numerical Control Lathe Operator (CNC Lathe Operator), Computer Numerical Control Lathe Programmer (CNC Lathe Programmer), Computer Numerical Control Machinist (CNC Machinist), Computer Numerical Control Mill Operator (CNC Mill Operator), Computer Numerical Control Operator (CNC Operator), Computer Numerical Control Turning Machine Operator (CNC Turning Machine Operator), Concaver, Cup Trimming Machine Operator, Deburrer, Dial Lathe Operator, Engine Lathe Operator, Engine Lathe Set Up Operator, Engine Lathe Set-Up Operator, Tool, Facing Machine Operator, Fittings Finisher, Fountain Pen Turner, Gear Cutter, Gear Cutting Machine Operator, Gear Cutting Machine Set Up Operator, Gear Generator Set Up Operator, Gear Hobber, Gear Hobber Operator, Gear Hobber Set Up Operator, Gear Machine Operator, Gear Setter, Gear Shaper, Gear Shaver Set Up Operator, Grooving Lathe Tender, Gun Profiler, Hand Spinner, Heavy Threader, Hob Machine Operator, Hobber, Hobbing Machine Operator, Hobbing Press Operator, Hydraulic Spinner, Hydrotel Operator, Jewel Bearing Broacher, Jewel Lathe Operator, Knurling Machine Operator, Lap Cutter Truer Operator, Lathe Hand, Lathe Machine Operator, Lathe Operator, Lathe Scalper Operator, Lathe Set Up Person, Lathe Tender, Lathe Turner, Lathe Winder, Machine Deburrer, Machine Operator, Machinist, Manufacturing Assistant, Manufacturing Associate, Manufacturing Operator, Mult-Au-Matic Operator, Multiple Spindle Screw Machine Operator, Multiple Spindle Screw Machine Set-Up Operator, Nipple Machine Operator, Nipple Threader, Numerical Control Operator (NC Operator), Nut Tapper, Nut Threader, Operator, Optical Lathe Operator, Pattern Repairer, Pipe Threader, Planer, Planer Hand, Planer Operator, Press Set Up Person, Radial Router Operator, Rim Turning Finisher, Rim Turning Machine Operator, Ring Cutter Lathe Operator, Roll Turner, Routing Machine Operator, Rubber Turner, Screw Machine Hand, Screw Machine Operator, Screw Machine Set Up Operator, Screw Machine Set-Up Operator, Screw Machine Setter, Screw Machine Tender, Screw Machine Tool Setter, Set Up / Operator, Single Spindle Screw Machine Operator, Single Spindle Screw Machine Set-Up Operator, Small Lot Operator, Spar Cap Beveler, Spinner, Spinning Lathe Operator, Swiss Type Screw Machine Operator, Swiss-Type Screw Machine Set-Up Operator, Threader, Threading Machine Operator, Threading Machine Setter, Tool Lathe Operator, Tool Maker, Tool Setter, Tool Turret Lathe Set-Up Operator, Tumble Tailstock Turret Lathe Operator, Turning Machine Operator, Turret Lathe Operator, Turret Lathe Set Up Operator, V-Groove Cutter, Vertical Lathe Operator, Vertical Multiple Spindle Chucking Machine Set-Up Operator, Winding Lathe Operator
 
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    Wages
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     Location Pay
    Period
    2016
    Percentile Wages Average
    Wage
    10% 25% 50%
    Median
    75% 90%
     Vermont Hourly $ 14.86   $ 16.87   $ 19.70   $ 22.71   $ 24.54   $ 19.57  
    Yearly $30,920   $35,090   $40,970   $47,240   $51,050   $40,710  
     
     Burlington-South Burlington, VT Metropolitan NECTA Hourly $ 16.29   $ 17.94   $ 20.73   $ 23.39   $ 24.89   $ 20.57  
    Yearly $33,880   $37,320   $43,130   $48,640   $51,760   $42,780  
     
     Southern Vermont Balance of State Hourly $ 12.59   $ 13.84   $ 16.28   $ 18.72   $ 21.81   $ 16.47  
    Yearly $26,180   $28,790   $33,850   $38,930   $45,370   $34,270  
     
    What are Percentile Wages?
    source: Occupational Employment Statistics, Vermont Labor Market Information, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, released April 2017.
     


    Employment Trends
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    Location Employment Annual % change
    (compounded)
    Annual job openings
    (due to growth and
    net replacements)
    2014 2024
    Vermont 218 178 -2.0% 5
    source: Employment Projections, Vermont Economic & Labor Market Information, in cooperation with U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, statewide estimates released July 2016.
     


    Industries of Employment
    for Lathe and Turning Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic
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    Industry Percent of Total
    2014
    Fabricated metal product manufacturing 53.6%
    Machinery manufacturing 20.7%
    Transportation equipment manufacturing 8.7%
    Primary metal manufacturing 6.0%
    Miscellaneous manufacturing 3.1%
    source: Employment Projections, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, National Employment Matrix, released July 2016.
     


    Tasks
    for Lathe and Turning Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic
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  • Inspect sample workpieces to verify conformance with specifications, using instruments such as gauges, micrometers, and dial indicators.
     
  • Study blueprints, layouts or charts, and job orders for information on specifications and tooling instructions, and to determine material requirements and operational sequences.
     
  • Adjust machine controls and change tool settings to keep dimensions within specified tolerances.
     
  • Move controls to set cutting speeds and depths and feed rates, and to position tools in relation to workpieces.
     
  • Start lathe or turning machines and observe operations to ensure that specifications are met.
     
  • Select cutting tools and tooling instructions, according to written specifications or knowledge of metal properties and shop mathematics.
     
  • Crank machines through cycles, stopping to adjust tool positions and machine controls to ensure specified timing, clearances, and tolerances.
     
  • Lift metal stock or workpieces manually or using hoists, and position and secure them in machines, using fasteners and hand tools.
     
  • Replace worn tools, and sharpen dull cutting tools and dies using bench grinders or cutter-grinding machines.
     
  • Position, secure, and align cutting tools in toolholders on machines, using hand tools, and verify their positions with measuring instruments.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Lathe and Turning Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic  updated December 2006
     


    Knowledge
    for Lathe and Turning Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic
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  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
     
  • Mechanical - Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
     
  • Production and Processing - Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.
     
  • Computers and Electronics - Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
     
  • Design - Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
     
  • Education and Training - Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
     
  • Engineering and Technology - Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Lathe and Turning Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic  updated December 2006
     


    Skills
    for Lathe and Turning Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic
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  • Operation Monitoring - Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
     
  • Quality Control Analysis - Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.
     
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
     
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
     
  • Operation and Control - Controlling operations of equipment or systems.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Lathe and Turning Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic  updated June 2010
     


    Abilities
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  • Control Precision - The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.
     
  • Arm-Hand Steadiness - The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.
     
  • Finger Dexterity - The ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects.
     
  • Reaction Time - The ability to quickly respond (with the hand, finger, or foot) to a signal (sound, light, picture) when it appears.
     
  • Near Vision - The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
     
  • Problem Sensitivity - The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
     
  • Manual Dexterity - The ability to quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.
     
  • Multilimb Coordination - The ability to coordinate two or more limbs (for example, two arms, two legs, or one leg and one arm) while sitting, standing, or lying down. It does not involve performing the activities while the whole body is in motion.
     
  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
     
  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Lathe and Turning Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic  updated December 2006
     


    Work Activities
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  • Controlling Machines and Processes - Using either control mechanisms or direct physical activity to operate machines or processes (not including computers or vehicles).
     
  • Getting Information - Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
     
  • Handling and Moving Objects - Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things.
     
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems - Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.
     
  • Performing General Physical Activities - Performing physical activities that require considerable use of your arms and legs and moving your whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling of materials.
     
  • Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material - Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials to identify the cause of errors or other problems or defects.
     
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates - Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.
     
  • Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings - Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems.
     
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge - Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.
     
  • Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards - Using relevant information and individual judgment to determine whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Lathe and Turning Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic  updated December 2006
     


    Interests
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  • Realistic - Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others.
     
  • Investigative - Investigative occupations frequently involve working with ideas, and require an extensive amount of thinking. These occupations can involve searching for facts and figuring out problems mentally.
     
  • Conventional - Conventional occupations frequently involve following set procedures and routines. These occupations can include working with data and details more than with ideas. Usually there is a clear line of authority to follow.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Lathe and Turning Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic  updated June 2008
     


    Work Styles
    for Lathe and Turning Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic
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  • Attention to Detail - Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.
     
  • Dependability - Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.
     
  • Independence - Job requires developing one's own ways of doing things, guiding oneself with little or no supervision, and depending on oneself to get things done.
     
  • Initiative - Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.
     
  • Achievement/Effort - Job requires establishing and maintaining personally challenging achievement goals and exerting effort toward mastering tasks.
     
  • Analytical Thinking - Job requires analyzing information and using logic to address work-related issues and problems.
     
  • Persistence - Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles.
     
  • Cooperation - Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.
     
  • Innovation - Job requires creativity and alternative thinking to develop new ideas for and answers to work-related problems.
     
  • Adaptability/Flexibility - Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Lathe and Turning Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic  updated December 2006
     


    State of Vermont License Information
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    No state licenses listed for this occupation.
     


    Education and Training Requirements
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  • Job Zone Two: Some Preparation Needed
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  • Education: These occupations usually require a high school diploma.
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  • Training: Employees in these occupations need anywhere from a few months to one year of working with experienced employees. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.
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  • Experience: Some previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is usually needed. For example, a teller would benefit from experience working directly with the public.
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    source: Occupational Information Network: Lathe and Turning Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic  updated December 2006
     


    Schools
    offering instructional programs related to Lathe and Turning Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic
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      Related Instructional Programs
     
    • Machine Tool Technology/Machinist.
     
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    source: National Center for Education Statistics 2000 Classification of Instructional Programs .
     


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