Lathe Hand

Operate bench lathes to saw, mill, burr, or bevel metal stock or parts.
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Quick Stats


Salary Range
$23,000 – $52,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Lathe Hands do?

Operates bench lathe to saw, mill, burr, or bevel metal stock or parts used to make jewelry findings: Secures stock in guide or jig, starts lathe, and moves stock against cutting tool. May manipulate stock against cutting tool without use of guide or jig.


Should I be a Lathe Hand?

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.
  • Independent: You enjoy flying solo and doing things your own way.
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.

  • How to become a Lathe Hand

    Most Lathe Hands 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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