Profession screw machine operator

Screw machine operators set up and tend mechanical screw machines designed to manufacture (threaded) screws out of processed metal workpieces, specifically small- to medium-sized ones that have been turned by a lathe and turn machine.

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Personality Type

  • Realistic / Conventional
  • Realistic / Investigative


  • Screw manufacturing processes

    The various manufacturing processes performed to produce metal screws, such as cold heading, thread rolling, thread cutting, and others.

  • Quality and cycle time optimisation

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

  • 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.

  • Screw types

    The various types of screws that can be manufactured, such as a cap screw, setscrew with hollow head, machine screw with oval head, machine screw with Philips head, flat-head wood screw, lag screw, self-tapping screw, and others.

  • Screw machine parts

    The various parts of a machine designed to manufacture screws, such as the spindle, spindle drive motor, spindle speed change gear, lead cam, front cross slide cam, turret, turret feed dog carrier, and others.


  • 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.

  • Tend screw machine

    Tend a metalworking machine designed to produce metal screws, by process of cold heading and thread rolling, monitor and operate it according to regulations.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Troubleshoot

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Ensure equipment availability

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

  • 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.

Optional knowledge and skills

manufacturing of heating equipment perform product testing dies provide advice to technicians apply preliminary treatment to workpieces read standard blueprints set up automotive robot wear appropriate protective gear replace die ferrous metal processing program a cnc controller operate precision measuring equipment keep records of work progress monitor conveyor belt manufacturing of metal assembly products types of metal manufacturing processes metal smoothing technologies manufacturing of metal containers consult technical resources record production data for quality control metal forming technologies use cam software statistical process control cutting technologies perform machine maintenance

Common job titles

  • Screw machine operator
  • Davenport screw machine setup operator
  • Acme screw machine setup operator
  • Davenport screw machine operator
  • Acme screw machine operator
  • Multi-spindle automatic screw machine operator
  • Machine operator
  • Machine operator -- day shift