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Career Details :: Combination Machine Tool Operators and Tenders, Metal and Plastic
Operate or tend more than one type of cutting or forming machine tool that has been previously set up. Includes such machine tools as band saws, press brakes, slitting machines, drills, lathes, and boring machines.
Some previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience may be helpful in these occupations, but usually is not needed. For example, a drywall installer might benefit from experience installing drywall, but an inexperienced person could still learn to be an installer with little difficulty.
These occupations usually require a high school diploma and may require some vocational training or job-related course work. In some cases, an associate's or bachelor's degree could be needed.
Employees in these occupations need anywhere from a few months to one year of working with experienced employees.
- Positions, adjusts, and secures workpiece against stops, on arbor, or in chuck, fixture, or automatic feeding mechanism manually or using hoist.
- Adjusts machine components and changes worn accessories, such as cutting tools and brushes, using hand tools.
- Activates and tends or operates machines to cut, shape, thread, bore, drill, tap, bend, or mill metal or non-metallic material.
- Performs minor machine maintenance, such as oiling or cleaning machines, dies, or workpieces, or adding coolant to machine reservoir.
- Sets machine stops or guides to specified length as indicated by scale, rule, or template.
- Installs machine components, such as chucks, boring bars, or cutting tools, according to specifications, using hand tools.
- Inspects workpiece for defects and measures workpiece, using rule, template, or other measuring instruments to determine accuracy of machine operation.
- Reads job specifications to determine machine adjustments and material requirements.
- Extracts or lifts jammed pieces from machine, using fingers, wire hooks, or lift bar.
- Observes machine operation to detect workpiece defects or machine malfunction.
- Removes burrs, sharp edges, rust, or scale from workpiece, using file, hand grinder, wire brush, or power tools.
- Aligns layout marks with die or blade.
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General Work Activities
- Controlling Machines and Processes
- Handling and Moving Objects
- Monitor Processes, Material, Surroundings
- Inspecting Equipment, Structures, Material
- Performing General Physical Activities
- Operation and Control
- Product Inspection
- Operation Monitoring
- Equipment Maintenance
- Reading Comprehension
Frequent Work Context
- Degree of Automation
- Hazardous Equipment
- Using Hands on Objects, Tools, Controls