Boring and Filling Machine Operator

Set up and operate boring machines to bore or drill metal pieces.
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Salary Range
$18,000 – $49,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Boring and Filling Machine Operators do?

Sets up and operates boring machines to bore, drill, tap, spot face, groove, mill, or ream metal workpieces according to specifications, tooling instructions, and standard charts, applying knowledge of boring procedures and machining methods: Reads blueprint or job order for product specifications, such as hole locations and dimensions, and tooling instructions, such as fixtures, feed rates, cutting speeds, and cutting tools to be used. Positions and secures cutting tool in toolholder, and toolholder in spindle. Lifts and positions workpiece, manually or using hoist, and secures workpiece in machine table fixture, using wrenches and clamps. Moves controls to position tool in relation to workpiece, and to set feed rate, cutting speed, and depth of cut. Starts machine, moves controls to feed tool against workpiece, or to engage automatic feeding device. Turns valve handle to direct flow of coolant onto cutting area. Observes machine operation, and removes and inspects machined workpiece to verify conformance to specifications, using instruments, such as fixed and air gauges, calipers, and micrometers. May compute cutting speeds, feed rates, and dimensions, using standard charts and shop mathematics.


Should I be a Boring and Filling Machine Operator?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Levelheaded: You hold your emotions in check, even in tough situations.
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.

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    Boring and Filling Machine Operator

    Boring and Filling Machine Operators generally graduate from high school and get on-the-job training. Think about earning a Certificate or Associate’s degree to increase your chances of finding a good job. Check out these schools offering Boring and Filling Machine Operator-related education!
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