Drill Press Tender

Tend spindle drill presses that countersink holes in metal workpieces.
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Salary Range
$21,000 – $48,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Drill Press Tenders do?

Tends single- or multiple-spindle drill presses that drill, tap, ream, or countersink holes in metal workpieces according to specifications: Lifts workpiece manually, or using hoist, and positions and secures workpiece in drilling jig or fixture on machine table, using clamps and wrenches. Starts machine and feeds workpiece to cutter or vice versa, or engages automatic feeding mechanism. Turns valve to direct flow of coolant and cutting oils over cutting area. Observes operation and releases lever or turns handwheel to raise cutting tool from workpiece when machining is completed. Inspects or measures machined workpiece for conformance to specifications and shop standards, using instruments, such as fixed, plug, depth, and thread gauges, calipers, micrometers, and templates. Changes worn cutting tools, using wrenches. May machine plastics or other nonmetallic materials.


Should I be a Drill Press Tender?

You should have a certificate degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Trustworthy: You are known for your personal integrity and honesty.
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.
  • Flexible: You're open to change and think variety is the spice of life.

  • Also known as: Drill Presser, Drill Press Hand

    How to become a Drill Press Tender

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