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Lathe/Turning Machine Tool Operators Metal/Plastic
The Benchmark Job Description below represents the specific Position Characteristics of the job used in the Salary Survey. Benchmark Job Descriptions should be inspected carefully to review the degree of matching between an organizations' Job and the Salary Survey Benchmark. Matching internal Jobs to Salary Survey Benchmark Jobs should not be done on Job Title alone. A thorough comparison of Salary Survey Benchmark to Internal Job Descriptions is recommended. A good overlap should exist on any comparisons used on critical Job Dimensions and Competencies.
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Manufacturing
Job Family: Manufacturing
Benchmark Title: Lathe/Turning Machine Tool Operators Metal/Plastic
 
Summary Job Description Tasks
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. 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 in order 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 lath 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.
 
Compute unspecified dimensions and machine settings, using knowledge of metal properties and shop mathematics.
 
Install holding fixtures, cams, gears, and stops to control stock and tool movement, using hand tools, power tools, and measuring instruments.
 
Move toolholders manually or by turning handwheels, or engage automatic feeding mechanisms to feed tools to and along workpieces.
 
Turn valve handles to direct the flow of coolant onto work areas or to coat disks with spinning compounds.
 
Mount attachments, such as relieving or tracing attachments, to perform operations such as duplicating contours of templates or trimming workpieces.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Manufacturing
Job Family: Manufacturing
Benchmark Title: Lathe/Turning Machine Tool Operators Metal/Plastic
 
Important Knowledge Competencies Competency Description
Mechanical Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
 
Mathematics Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
 
Production and Processing Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.
 
Design Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Manufacturing
Job Family: Manufacturing
Benchmark Title: Lathe/Turning Machine Tool Operators Metal/Plastic
 
Important Skill Competencies Competency Description
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.
 
Critical Thinking Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
 
Reading Comprehension Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
 
Speaking Talking to others to convey information effectively.
 
Social Perceptiveness Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
 
Coordination Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
 
Complex Problem Solving Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
 
Equipment Selection Determining the kind of tools and equipment needed to do a job.
 
Judgment and Decision Making Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
 
Time Management Managing one's own time and the time of others.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Manufacturing
Job Family: Manufacturing
Benchmark Title: Lathe/Turning Machine Tool Operators Metal/Plastic
 
Important Ability Competencies Competency Description
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.
 
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.
 
Selective Attention The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.
 
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.
 
Static Strength The ability to exert maximum muscle force to lift, push, pull, or carry objects.
 
Information Ordering The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
 
Trunk Strength The ability to use your abdominal and lower back muscles to support part of the body repeatedly or continuously over time without 'giving out' or fatiguing.
 
Written Comprehension The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
 
Deductive Reasoning The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
 
Inductive Reasoning The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
 
Visualization The ability to imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged.
 
Speech Clarity The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
 
Depth Perception The ability to judge which of several objects is closer or farther away from you, or to judge the distance between you and an object.
 
Speech Recognition The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Manufacturing
Job Family: Manufacturing
Benchmark Title: Lathe/Turning Machine Tool Operators Metal/Plastic
 
Prerequisite Qualification Category Education and Experience Level
Required Level of Education High School Diploma (or GED or High School Equivalence Certificate)
 
Required Level of Education Post-Secondary Certificate - awarded for training completed after high school (for example, in Personnel Services, Engineering-related Technologies, Vocational Home Economics, Construction Trades, Mechanics and Repairers, Precision Production Trades)
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Manufacturing
Job Family: Manufacturing
Benchmark Title: Lathe/Turning Machine Tool Operators Metal/Plastic
 
Alternate Job Title(s)
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
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)
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
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
Optical Lathe Operator
Pattern Repairer
Pipe Threader
Planer
Planer Hand
Planer Operator
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
Spar Cap Beveler
Spinner
Spinning Lathe Operator
Swiss Type Screw Machine Operator
Swiss-Type Screw Machine Set-Up Operator
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
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Manufacturing
Job Family: Manufacturing
Benchmark Title: Lathe/Turning Machine Tool Operators Metal/Plastic
 
 
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