Milling and Planing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic

Description

Set up, operate, or tend milling or planing machines to mill, plane, shape, groove, or profile metal or plastic work pieces.

Tasks

  • Remove workpieces from machines, and check to ensure that they conform to specifications, using measuring instruments such as microscopes, gauges, calipers, and micrometers.
  • Observe milling or planing machine operation and adjust controls to ensure conformance with specified tolerances.
  • Position and secure workpieces on machines, using holding devices, measuring instruments, hand tools, and hoists.
  • Study blueprints, layouts, sketches, or work orders to assess workpiece specifications and to determine tooling instructions, tools and materials needed, and sequences of operations.
  • Move controls to set cutting specifications, to position cutting tools and workpieces in relation to each other, and to start machines.
  • Compute dimensions, tolerances, and angles of workpieces or machines, according to specifications and knowledge of metal properties and shop mathematics.
  • Verify alignment of workpieces on machines, using measuring instruments such as rules, gauges, or calipers.
  • Select cutting speeds, feed rates, and depths of cuts, applying knowledge of metal properties and shop mathematics.
  • Move cutters or material manually or by turning handwheels, or engage automatic feeding mechanisms to mill workpieces to specifications.
  • Replace worn tools, using hand tools, and sharpen dull tools, using bench grinders.
  • Select and install cutting tools and other accessories according to specifications, using hand tools or power tools.
  • Record production output.
  • Turn valves or pull levers to start and regulate the flow of coolant or lubricant to work areas.
  • Make templates or cutting tools.
  • Mount attachments and tools such as pantographs, engravers, or routers to perform other operations such as drilling or boring.

Knowledge

Food Production
Knowledge of techniques and equipment for planting, growing, and harvesting food products (both plant and animal) for consumption, including storage/handling techniques.

Abilities

Spatial Orientation
The ability to know your location in relation to the environment or to know where other objects are in relation to you.
Explosive Strength
The ability to use short bursts of muscle force to propel oneself (as in jumping or sprinting), or to throw an object.
Peripheral Vision
The ability to see objects or movement of objects to one's side when the eyes are looking ahead.
Dynamic Flexibility
The ability to quickly and repeatedly bend, stretch, twist, or reach out with your body, arms, and/or legs.
Night Vision
The ability to see under low light conditions.
Glare Sensitivity
The ability to see objects in the presence of glare or bright lighting.
Sound Localization
The ability to tell the direction from which a sound originated.

Work Activities

Staffing Organizational Units
Recruiting, interviewing, selecting, hiring, and promoting employees in an organization.

Interests

Realistic
Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others.
Conventional
Conventional occupations frequently involve following set procedures and routines. These occupations can include working with data and details more than with ideas. Usually there is a clear line of authority to follow.
Investigative
Investigative occupations frequently involve working with ideas, and require an extensive amount of thinking. These occupations can involve searching for facts and figuring out problems mentally.
Enterprising
Enterprising occupations frequently involve starting up and carrying out projects. These occupations can involve leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes they require risk taking and often deal with business.
Artistic
Artistic occupations frequently involve working with forms, designs and patterns. They often require self-expression and the work can be done without following a clear set of rules.
Social
Social occupations frequently involve working with, communicating with, and teaching people. These occupations often involve helping or providing service to others.

Work Style

Attention to Detail
Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.
Dependability
Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.
Achievement/Effort
Job requires establishing and maintaining personally challenging achievement goals and exerting effort toward mastering tasks.
Persistence
Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles.
Stress Tolerance
Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations.
Cooperation
Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.
Initiative
Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.
Analytical Thinking
Job requires analyzing information and using logic to address work-related issues and problems.
Independence
Job requires developing one's own ways of doing things, guiding oneself with little or no supervision, and depending on oneself to get things done.
Integrity
Job requires being honest and ethical.

Work Values

Support
Occupations that satisfy this work value offer supportive management that stands behind employees. Corresponding needs are Company Policies, Supervision: Human Relations and Supervision: Technical.
Working Conditions
Occupations that satisfy this work value offer job security and good working conditions. Corresponding needs are Activity, Compensation, Independence, Security, Variety and Working Conditions.
Independence
Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to work on their own and make decisions. Corresponding needs are Creativity, Responsibility and Autonomy.
Achievement
Occupations that satisfy this work value are results oriented and allow employees to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment. Corresponding needs are Ability Utilization and Achievement.
Relationships
Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to provide service to others and work with co-workers in a friendly non-competitive environment. Corresponding needs are Co-workers, Moral Values and Social Service.
Recognition
Occupations that satisfy this work value offer advancement, potential for leadership, and are often considered prestigious. Corresponding needs are Advancement, Authority, Recognition and Social Status.

Lay Titles

Barrel Rib Matting Machine Operator
Barrel Rifler
Broacher
Broaching Machine Operator
Broaching Machine Set Up Operator
CNC Inspector (Computer Numerical Control Inspector)
CNC Lathe Operator (Computer Numerical Control Lathe Operator)
CNC Machine Operator (Computerized Numerical Control Machine Operator)
CNC Machinist (Computerized Numerical Control Machinist)
CNC Mill Operator (Computerized Numerical Control Mill Operator)
CNC Mill Set Up Operator (Computerized Numerical Control Mill Set Up Operator)
CNC Operator (Computerized Numerical Control Operator)
CNC Programmer (Computerized Numerical Control Programmer)
CNC Surface Grind Operator (Computerized Numerical Control Surface Grind Operator)
Conventional Machinist
Escape Wheel Tooth Cutter
File Cutter
Gear Milling Machine Set Up Operator
Gear Roller
Hooking Machine Operator
Jewel Stripper
Keyseater Operator
Keyseating Machine Set Up Operator
Laborer
Lever Miller
Machine Operator
Machine Repairman
Machine Set-Up Operator
Machine Shop Foreman
Machine Shop Pantograph Machine Operator
Machinist
Magnesium Mill Operator
Manufacturing Assistant
Manufacturing Associate
Manufacturing Operator
Metal Milling Machine Operator
Mill Operator
Miller
Milling and Planing Machine Operator and Tender
Milling Machine Operator
Milling Machine Set-Up Operator
Milling Machine Tender
Pantograph Machine Set-Up Operator
Planer Setup Operator
Planer Type Milling Machine Set-Up Operator
Planing Machine Operator
Printed Circuit Boards Beveler
Printed Circuit Boards Router
Production Broaching Machine Operator
Profiler
Profiler Operator
Profiling Machine Operator
Profiling Machine Setup Operator
Rotary Head Milling Machine Set-Up Operator
Router Machine Operator
Router Operator
Scalper
Scalper Operator
Scalping Machine Operator
Scribing Machine Operator
Set Up Person
Shaper Operator
Shaper Set Up Operator
Shaping Machine Operator
Squaring Machine Operator
Steel Wool Machine Operator
Thread Milling Machine Set Up Operator
Tire Mold Engraver
Tool and Die Maker
Tool Maintainer
Tool Maker
Tool Planer Set-Up Operator
Tool Profiling Machine Set-Up Operator
Tool Setter
Tool Shaper Set-Up Operator

National Wages and Employment Info

Median Wages (2008):
$17.22 hourly, $35,820 annual.
Employment (2008):
22,840 employees