Profession filing machine operator

Filing machine operators set up and tend filing machines such as band files, reciprocating files and bench filing machines in order to smoothen metal, wood or plastic surfaces by precisely cutting and removing small amounts of excess material.

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Personality Type

  • Realistic / Conventional


  • Filing machine parts

    The various parts, their characteristics and applications, of a machine designed to file and finish metal, wood or plastic workpieces, such as a cone point file, set screw, centre plate, adapter, file band, upper guide, post, back-up support, and others.

  • Type of file

    Types of files used for filing metal, wood or plastic workpieces, such as mill files, barrette files, checkering files, coin pointed files, joint round edge files and others.


  • 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.

  • Smooth burred surfaces

    Inspect and smooth burred surfaces of steel and metal parts.

  • Tend filing machine

    Tend a filing machine designed to smoothen a metal, wood or plastic surface and remove rough edges by applying filing, abrasive machine processes, monitor and operate it according to regulations.

Optional knowledge and skills

dies manufacturing of door furniture from metal monitor moving workpiece in a machine types of metal manufacturing processes record production data for quality control spot metal imperfections types of plastic apply precision metalworking techniques manufacturing of small metal parts cutting technologies manufacturing of weapons and ammunition abrasive machining processes operate precision measuring equipment produce customised products inspect quality of products manufacturing of metal assembly products consult technical resources metal smoothing technologies non-ferrous metal processing manufacturing of light metal packaging measure flatness of a surface types of wood manufacturing of metal containers woodworking processes types of metal manipulate plastic mechanics ferrous metal processing manufacturing of cutlery operate file for deburring keep records of work progress manufacturing of metal household articles