Gear Shaper Set-Up Operator

Set up and operate gear shaping machines to machine splines metal blanks.
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Salary Range
$21,000 – $48,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Gear Shaper Set-Up Operators do?

Sets up and operates one or more gear shaping machines to machine splines or gear teeth in metal blanks, according to machining instructions and knowledge of gear types and gear shaping procedures: Reads machining instructions or blueprints to determine machine settings, holding fixtures and cutters to use, and gear type, dimensions, tolerances, and number of teeth to be cut and shaped. Clamps workpiece in fixture or presses it on arbor. Positions and secures specified cutter on spindle in relation to workpiece and sets length of stroke, using wrenches. Moves levers or mounts gears in machine to set feed rates, cutting speeds, and rotation speeds of cutter and workpiece, according to machining instructions. Turns valve handle and directs flow of coolant against cutter and workpiece. Verifies conformance of machined gears to specifications, using micrometers, master gears, gear measuring wires, and special gear inspection equipment. May mount guides to control twisting motion of spindle for cutting helical gears. May compute data, such as gear dimensions and machine settings, applying knowledge of shop mathematics. May machine plastics or other nonmetallic materials. May be required to have experience with custom or production work or with particular material, product, or size, type, or trade name of machine.

Should I be a Gear Shaper Set-Up Operator?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Persistent: You keep pushing through, even when faced with tough obstacles.
  • Independent: You enjoy flying solo and doing things your own way.
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.

  • How to Become a
    Gear Shaper Set-Up Operator

    Most Gear Shaper Set-Up Operators have no higher education and get on-the-job training. Think about earning a Certificate or Associate's degree to increase your competitiveness in the field. Chart?chd=s:a9scaa&chl=|no+college+%2875%25%29|certificate+%2822%25%29|associate%27s+%283%25%29||&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,0,75
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