Lathe/turning machine tool-setters and operators of tender, metal, and plastic must have wide-ranging experience in using these tools and thorough knowledge of the production processes which utilize them; knowledge of minor upkeep and repair practices for these tools is also important. A minimum of three years of lathe experience is generally required for this position, and candidates must be able to train and teach proper operating procedures and practices to others. Some employers may prefer those with prior experience in dangerous work environments and in-depth knowledge of safety procedures.
Generally, these operators are judged by the production quality and timeliness of their work. They must be able to set up and operate their stations in a safe and efficient manner, and knowledge of tool-assembly and manufacturing is also beneficial, as is prior work experience involving metal or plastic.
Those in this position must have sufficient mathematical and recording skills to maintain consistent production, and they may even participate in the production of tools. This position requires normal dexterity and hand-eye coordination, and operators must be able to follow all directions and work either autonomously or on teams to meet production goals, as deadlines are very important in this line of work.
Lathe, Turning Machine Tool Setter / Operator / Tender, Metal and Plastic Tasks
Read and interpret blueprints to determine necessary work steps and operational sequences.
Clean and organize work area.
Observe and maneuver equipment to produce desired products and ensure safety.
Inspect products to determine conformance to specifications.
Set up and operate machines, monitoring and adjusting settings to reach desired tolerances for products.