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 workpieces.
Drilling and boring machine tool setters, operators and tenders, metal and plastic operate drilling machines that drill, bore, ream, mill, or countersink metal or plastic workpieces. They verify the conformance of machined work to specifications, with the help of measuring instruments, such as callipers, micrometres, or fixed or telescoping gauges.
Boring machine operators use boring tools like boring bars, boring heads, and starter drills.
They study blueprints, determine dimensions and specifications and set up the sequence of operations. They use their knowledge and experience to set cutting speed, feed rates, cutting depth, and install boring tools into spindles.
The drilling machine operator job involves inspecting tools and replacing those that have worn out, inspecting machines for problems, establishing zero reference points, and lifting workpieces onto work tables.
A high school diploma is required and learning happens on the job working under experienced workers. They work in the manufacturing and cluster production industry in hazardous environments and need to use personal protection equipment. They may be exposed to high sound levels, pollutants, and dust and need to be standing most of the time.
To succeed in drilling machine operations, one needs clear long and near vision, physical strength to push, pull or carry objects, and using abdominal and lower back muscles repeatedly without tiring. Knowledge of maths and good communication skills are helpful.
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