Grooving Lathe Tender

Tend lathe-type machines that cut grooves in plastic tubes.
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Quick Stats


Salary Range
$23,000 – $52,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Grooving Lathe Tenders do?

Tends lathe-type machine that cuts grooves in plastic tubes and cuts tubes to size to form flashlight covers: Slides tubing over mandrel attached to chuck and starts machine. Moves cutting tool against workpiece that knurls tubing and cuts tubing into specified lengths.


Should I be a Grooving Lathe Tender?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.
  • Ready for a Challenge: You jump into new projects with initiative and drive.

  • How to become a Grooving Lathe Tender

    Most Grooving Lathe Tenders 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:9ycaaa&chl=no+college+%2854%25%29|certificate+%2844%25%29|associate%27s+%282%25%29|||&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,54,54
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