Machining tool operators perform some or all of the following duties:
A. Study job orders and interpret blueprints to determine machining operations to be performed
B. Set up and operate machine tools to perform repetitive machining operations, such as turning, milling, drilling, boring, planing, honing, broaching, grinding or other machining operations
C. Verify dimensions of parts machined using micrometers, callipers and other precision measuring instruments
D. Prepare etching solution and immerse metal parts or workpiece in etching solution to remove unwanted portions
E. Perform routine maintenance on equipment and machinery
F. May enter codes specifying speed, feed and cut of the toolpath for computer numerical controlled (CNC) machine tools.
1. Fabricated metal product manufacturing - 35.0%
2. Machinery manufacturing - 18.0%
3. Motor vehicle parts manufacturing - 16.0%
4. Primary metal manufacturing - 5.0%
5. Wholesale trade - 4.0%
6. Aerospace product and parts manufacturing - 3.0%
1. You must have some high school education.
2. You may need college or other courses in machining.
3. You usually receive several months' on-the-job training.
4. With experience as a machine operator, you may move up the ranks to a senior position, such as a set-up operator.
5. With apprenticeship training, you may move up the ranks from machining tool operator to become a machinist or tool and die maker.
6. Most recent entrants have a trade/vocational certificate, and almost 3 in 10 have a Community College diploma.
2. Computer Basics - Word and Excel
3. Machine Shop
The average hourly wages for Machining Tool Operators is $17.46/HR, which is close to the average for occupations in the processing, manufacturing and utilities sector and are close to the average for all intermediate occupations. These wages grew at an average rate from 2002 to 2004.