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Career Details :: Sawing Machine Tool Setters and Set-Up Operators, Metal and Plastic
Set up or set up and operate metal or plastic sawing machines to cut straight, curved, irregular, or internal patterns in metal or plastic stock or to trim edges of metal or plastic objects. Involves the use of such machines as band saws, circular saws, friction saws, hacksawing machines, and jigsaws.
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.
- Measures completed workpiece to verify conformance to specifications, using micrometers, gauges, calipers, templates, or rulers.
- Replaces defective blades or wheels, using hand tools.
- Sharpens dulled blades, using bench grinder, abrasive wheel, or lathe.
- Scribes reference lines on workpiece as guide for sawing operations, according to blueprints, templates, sample parts, or specifications.
- Examines completed workpieces for defects, such as chipped edges and marred surfaces, and sorts defective pieces according to defect.
- Sets blade tension, height, and angle to perform prescribed cut, using wrench.
- Turns valves to start flow of coolant against cutting area and to start airflow that blows cuttings away from kerf.
- Removes housings, feed tubes, tool holders, and other accessories to replace worn or broken parts, such as springs and bushings.
- Marks identifying data on workpieces.
- Starts machine and feeds workpiece against blade, guiding along layout lines, to cut workpiece to specified dimensions.
- Positions guides, stops, holding blocks, or other fixtures to secure and direct workpiece, using hand tools and measuring devices.
- Reads work order for specifications, such as materials to be used, location of cutting lines, and dimensions and tolerances.
- Selects blade according to specifications and installs on machine, using hand tools.
- Turns controls to set cutting speed, feed rate, and table angle for specified operation.
- Places workpiece on cutting table, manually or using hoist, and clamps workpiece into position.
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General Work Activities
- Handling and Moving Objects
- Controlling Machines and Processes
- Monitor Processes, Material, Surroundings
- Implementing Ideas, Programs, etc.
- Inspecting Equipment, Structures, Material
- Equipment Selection
- Product Inspection
- Operation Monitoring
- Operation and Control
- Equipment Maintenance
Frequent Work Context
- Degree of Automation
- Hazardous Equipment
- Consequence of Error
- Using Hands on Objects, Tools, Controls