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

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What do they do?

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.

Also known as:

Computer Numerical Control Lathe Operator (CNC Lathe Operator), Lathe Operator, Lathe Set Up Person, Machine Operator, Numerical Control Operator (NC Operator), Screw Machine Operator, Screw Machine Tool Setter, Setup Operator, Tool Setter, Turn Operator

Typical Wages

Annual wages for Lathe and Turning Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic in United States

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Projected Growth Rate

Employment of Lathe and Turning Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic is projected to Decline 11 percent from 2018 to 2028

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Projected Employment

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Projected Employment Rankings For Virginia:

  • -11.8%

    Percent Change

    Ranks #32 in job growth rate
  • 20

    Annual Projected Job Openings

    Ranks #31 in net job growth

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Education Level

  • Doctorate or Professional Degree (0%)
  • Master's degree (2.2%)
  • Bachelor's degree (0.8%)
  • Associate's degree (3.6%)
  • Some college, no degree (22.2%)
  • High school diploma equivalent (52%)
  • Less than high school diploma (19.2%)

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Skills

People in this career often have these skills:

  • Operations Monitoring - Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
  • Operation and Control - Controlling operations of equipment or systems.
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Knowledge

People in this career often know a lot about:

  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
  • Mechanical - Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
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Abilities

People in this career often have talent in:

  • 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).
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Activities: what you might do in a day

People in this career often do these activities:

  • Operate metal or plastic forming equipment.
  • Operate grinding equipment.
  • Sharpen cutting or grinding tools.
  • Replace worn equipment components.
  • Measure dimensions of completed products or workpieces to verify conformance to specifications.
  • Monitor equipment operation to ensure that products are not flawed.
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This page includes data from:

O*NET OnLine Career data: O*NET 26.3 Database by the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration (“USDOL/ETA”). Used under the CC BY 4.0 license. O*NET® is a trademark of USDOL/ETA

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