Profession gear machinist

Gear machinists make precision parts for gears and other driving elements. They use a variety of machine tools.

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Personality Type

  • Realistic / Conventional
  • Realistic / Investigative


  • 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.

  • Mechanics

    Theoretical and practical applications of the science studying the action of displacements and forces on physical bodies to the development of machinery and mechanical devices.


  • Troubleshoot

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

  • Consult technical resources

    Read and interpret such technical resources such as digital or paper drawings and adjustment data in order to properly set up a machine or working tool, or to assemble mechanical equipment.

  • Supply machine with appropriate tools

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Secure working area

    Secure the operation site fixing boundaries, restricting access, placing signs and taking other measures in order to guarantee public and staff safety.

  • 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.

  • 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.

Optional knowledge and skills

operate drilling equipment tend cnc grinding machine apply precision metalworking techniques maintain records of maintenance interventions mechanical tools record test data micromechanics operate precision measuring equipment tend lathe heat metals tend boring machine tend cnc drilling machine dispose of hazardous waste quality and cycle time optimisation resolve equipment malfunctions types of lathe tools tend metal sawing machine perform machine maintenance tend computer numerical control lathe machine tend cnc milling machine tend surface grinding machine conduct routine machinery checks operate gear shaper

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