Drilling and Boring Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic
Set up, operate, or tend drilling machines to drill, bore, ream, mill, or countersink metal or plastic work pieces.
Related job titles:
Assembler, Drill Operator, Machine Operator, Computer Numerical Control Machine Operator (CNC Machine Operator), Computer Numerical Control Set-Up Operator (CNC Set-Up Operator), Drill Setup Operator, Drill Press Operator, Radial Drill Operator, Bore Mill Operator, Computer Numerical Control Drilling Operator (CNC Drilling Operator)
Annual Median Wage: $33,510
Projected growth: Decline slowly or moderately (-3% to -9%)
Verify conformance of machined work to specifications, using measuring instruments, such as calipers, micrometers, or fixed or telescoping gauges.
Study machining instructions, job orders, or blueprints to determine dimensional or finish specifications, sequences of operations, setups, or tooling requirements.
Select and set cutting speeds, feed rates, depths of cuts, and cutting tools, according to machining instructions or knowledge of metal properties.
Install tools in spindles.
Change worn cutting tools, using wrenches.
Position and secure workpieces on tables, using bolts, jigs, clamps, shims, or other holding devices.
Move machine controls to lower tools to workpieces and to engage automatic feeds.
Lift workpieces onto work tables either manually or with hoists or direct crane operators to lift and position workpieces.
Observe drilling or boring machine operations to detect any problems.
Establish zero reference points on workpieces, such as at the intersections of two edges or over hole locations.
Operate single- or multiple-spindle drill presses to bore holes so that machining operations can be performed on metal or plastic workpieces.
Turn valves and direct flow of coolants or cutting oil over cutting areas.
Lay out reference lines and machining locations on work, using layout tools, and applying knowledge of shop math and layout techniques.
Perform minor assembly, such as fastening parts with nuts, bolts, or screws, using power tools or hand tools.
Operation Monitoring - Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
Operation and Control - Controlling operations of equipment or systems.
Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
Quality Control Analysis - Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.
Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
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.
Troubleshooting - Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.
Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
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