Profession metalworking lathe operator

Metalworking lathe operators set up and tend a metalworking lathe manually, which is responsible for cutting metal to its desired size and shape by usage of a gear train or a swapping gear that propels the main lead-screw at a variable speed ratio, thus rotating the metal workpiece on its axis, facilitating the cutting process. They check the lathe equipment for wear and handle the metal workpieces as they have been cut by the lathe.

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Personality Type

  • Realistic / Conventional
  • Realistic / Investigative

Knowledge

  • Lathe machine parts

    The different parts of a lathe machine and their applications, such as the compound, the bed, the sadle, the cross slide, the cutting tool, the lathe dog and more.

  • Types of lathe tools

    Types of tools used for the lathe machining process such as high-speed steel tools, carbide-tipped tools and carbide insert tools.

Skills

  • Supply machine with appropriate tools

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

  • Position cross slide of a lathe

    Position, by turning a specific lever, the cross slide of a lathe machine perpendicularly, calculating the size of the workpiece and the type of lathe cutting tools used for ideal positioning.

  • Operate precision measuring equipment

    Measure the size of a processed part when checking and marking it to check if it is up to standard by use of two and three dimensional precision measuring equipment such as a caliper, a micrometer, and a measuring gauge.

  • 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.

  • Tend lathe

    Tend a lathe designed for cutting manufacturing processes on metal, wooden, plastic materials and others, monitor and operate it, according to regulations.

Optional knowledge and skills

cutting technologies manufacturing of metal structures manufacturing of heating equipment manufacturing of metal containers manufacturing of steel drums and similar containers perform machine maintenance replace machines consult technical resources operate lifting equipment wear appropriate protective gear inspect quality of products apply cross-reference tools for product identification ferrous metal processing record production data for quality control mechanics manufacturing of steam generators provide advice to technicians types of metal manufacturing processes smooth burred surfaces manufacturing of weapons and ammunition work ergonomically apply precision metalworking techniques keep records of work progress set up the controller of a machine types of drill bits mark processed workpiece