Lathe Operator

Operate lathe type saws to saw rough diamonds along premarked lines.
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Salary Range
$19,000 – $61,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Lathe Operators do?

Operates lathe type saw to saw rough diamonds along premarked lines preparatory to shaping operation, using bench lathes: Attaches sawing wheel to lathe and applies abrasive compound. Positions stone in cement holder of lathe, starts lathe, and presses diamond against revolving wheel to groove stone along premarked lines. Adjusts arm of lathe to apply pressure required to saw diamond. Periodically examines sawing operation to ensure standard production.

Should I be a Lathe Operator?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.
  • Trustworthy: You are known for your personal integrity and honesty.
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.

  • Also known as: Jewelry Drill Operator, Layout Operator, Single-Pointed Operator

    How to become a Lathe Operator

    Lathe Operators 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 Lathe Operator-related education!
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