Jewel Hole Driller

Operate battery of machines to drill center holes in jewel bearing blanks.
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Salary Range
$18,000 – $49,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Jewel Hole Drillers do?

Operates battery of horizontal, multispindle, drilling machines to drill center holes in round jewel bearing blanks: Puts molten shellac on end of work spindle and centers jewel on spindles, using small, hand centering tool. Fits drill bits in soft shellac in drill head. Trues up bit by holding bit lightly with tweezers to detect any play indicative of poor alignment; straightens bit by moving its tip slightly to eliminate play. Inserts work spindle, applies diamond dust with wire to drilling point, and removes jewel when spindle spring opens and thus indicates hole is drilled. Inspects holes for size by manually turning them on standard bit used as gauge.

Should I be a Jewel Hole Driller?

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

  • How to become a Jewel Hole Driller

    Jewel Hole Drillers 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 Jewel Hole Driller-related education!
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