Profession deburring machine operator

Deburring machine operators set up and tend mechanical deburring machines designed to strip metal workpieces of their rough edges, or burrs, by hammering over their surfaces in order to smoothen them or to roll over their edges in case of uneven slits or sheers in order to flatten them into the surface.

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Personality Type

  • Realistic / Conventional


  • Types of deburring brush

    Types of abrasive brushes used in the deburring process, their qualities and applications, such as a twisted-in-wire brush, tube brush, power brush, wheel brush, cup brush and mandrel mounted brush.

  • Quality and cycle time optimisation

    The most optimal rotation or cycle time and over-all quality of a tool or a machine's processes.

  • Deburring machine parts

    The various parts of a machine designed for removing remaining edges on a workpiece after processing and smoothening, such as an abrasaive or deburring brush, deburring drum, dust extraction hood, powerful magnet, and others.

  • Types of metal

    Qualities, specifications, applications and reactions to different fabricating processes of various types of metal, such as steel, aluminium, brass, copper and others.

  • Quality standards

    The national and international requirements, specifications and guidelines to ensure that products, services and processes are of good quality and fit for purpose.

  • Deburring processes

    The various types of processes removing burrs from fabricated workpieces, such as grinding, media blasting, sanding, mass-finishing, spindle finishing, electrochemical deburring, abrasive flow machining, manual deburring, and others.


  • Monitor conveyor belt

    Monitor the flow of the work pieces on the conveyor belt as they are processed by the machine to ensure optimal productivity.

  • Monitor automated machines

    Continuously check up on the automated machine's set-up and execution or make regular control rounds. If necessary, record and interpret data on the operating conditions of installations and equipment in order to identify abnormalities.

  • Tend deburring machine

    Tend a metalworking machine designed to remove excessive edges from a workpiece by applying deburring, abrasive machine processes, monitor and operate it according to regulations.

  • Monitor moving workpiece in a machine

    Monitor the processing of a workpiece in motion, such as a piece of metal or wood moved linearly over a static manufacturing machine.

  • Remove processed workpiece

    Remove individual workpieces after processing, from the manufacturing machine or the machine tool. In case of a conveyor belt this involves quick, continuous movement.

  • Supply machine

    Ensure the machine is fed the necessary and adequate materials and control the placement or automatic feed and retrieval of work pieces in the machines or machine tools on the production line.

  • Set up the controller of a machine

    Set up and give commands to a machine by dispatching the appropriate data and input into the (computer) controller corresponding with the desired processed product.

  • Dispose of cutting waste material

    Dispose of possibly hazardous waste material created in the cutting process, such as swarf, scrap and slugs, sort according to regulations, and clean up workplace.

  • Perform test run

    Perform tests putting a system, machine, tool or other equipment through a series of actions under actual operating conditions in order to assess its reliability and suitability to realise its tasks, and adjust settings accordingly.

  • Supply machine with appropriate tools

    Supply the machine with the necessary tools and items for a particular production purpose.

  • Remove inadequate workpieces

    Evaluate which deficient processed workpieces do not meet the set-up standard and should be removed and sort the waste according to regulations.

  • Troubleshoot

    Identify operating problems, decide what to do about it and report accordingly.

  • Smooth burred surfaces

    Inspect and smooth burred surfaces of steel and metal parts.

  • Ensure equipment availability

    Ensure that the necessary equipment is provided, ready and available for use before start of procedures.

Optional knowledge and skills

abrasive machining processes manufacturing of metal containers spot metal imperfections cutting technologies manufacturing of small metal parts record production data for quality control manufacturing of heating equipment manufacturing of weapons and ammunition keep records of work progress manufacturing of steel drums and similar containers manufacturing of metal structures ferrous metal processing manufacturing of metal household articles manufacturing of cutlery manufacturing of metal assembly products manufacturing of light metal packaging measure flatness of a surface manufacturing of steam generators manufacturing of doors from metal manufacturing of tools inspect quality of products metal smoothing technologies apply precision metalworking techniques types of metal manufacturing processes operate precision measuring equipment non-ferrous metal processing provide advice to technicians perform machine maintenance manufacturing of door furniture from metal consult technical resources wear appropriate protective gear

Common job titles

  • Machine operator - deburrer- 1st shift
  • Cnc machine operator
  • Machine operator
  • Machine operator / deburrer
  • Cnc machine operator
  • Machine operator-3rd shift