Inside Barrel-Lathe Operator

Operate machines to smooth and clean the inside surface of barrels or kegs.
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Salary Range
$18,000 – $39,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Inside Barrel-Lathe Operators do?

Operates machine to turn down inside surface of tight barrels or kegs to smooth and clean surface: Adjusts machine to accommodate barrel. Places barrel in horizontal position between two center supports and pulls lever to actuate end frames which grasp and support ends of barrel. Starts machine to rotate barrel. Moves lever that causes rotating cutters to enter opposite ends of barrel and contact inside surfaces, exerting sufficient force on lever to cut away specified thickness of wood as cutters advance on opposite sides of barrel. Inspects and feels surface for smoothness. Stops rotation of barrel and cutters and removes barrel from machine.


Should I be an Inside Barrel-Lathe Operator?

You should have a certificate degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.
  • Levelheaded: You hold your emotions in check, even in tough situations.
  • Team Player: You're able to listen, communicate, and work with tons of different people.

  • Also known as: Barrel Builder, Barrel Lathe Operator, Barrel-Lathe Operator, Inside, Inside Barrel Lathe Operator See More

    How to Become an
    Inside Barrel-Lathe Operator

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