Keyseating Machine Set Up Operator

Set up and operate keyseating machines to cut keyseats in metal workpieces.
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Salary Range
$23,000 – $55,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Keyseating Machine Set Up Operators do?

Sets up and operates keyseating machine to cut keyseats in metal workpieces, such as wheels and gears, according to specifications: Reads blueprint or job order to determine dimensions and tolerances of workpiece, and tooling instructions, such as holding fixtures, cutting speeds, depth of cut, and cutting tools to be used. Measures workpiece and scribes guidelines for cutting keyseat, using steel rule and scriber. Mounts specified tool on ram. Lifts workpiece manually or with hoist, and aligns it with cutting tool. Secures workpiece in fixture or to post on machine table, using clamps and wrenches. Moves controls to set specified ram speed, length of stroke, and feed rate. Turns handwheel to feed reciprocating tool to workpiece until depth of cut conforms to specifications, or engages automatic feeding device. Verifies conformance of machined workpiece to specifications, using fixed gauges, calipers, and micrometers. Turns handwheel or adjustment screw to tilt table to cut tapered keyseats.


Should I be a Keyseating Machine Set Up Operator?

You should have a certificate degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.
  • Persistent: You keep pushing through, even when faced with tough obstacles.
  • High Achiever: You love the challenge of tackling difficult work.

  • How to Become a
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