Lathe Tender

Tend lathes that cut, shape, drill, bore, thread, or face metal workpieces.
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Salary Range
$23,000 – $52,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Lathe Tenders do?

Tends lathes, such as turret lathes, engine lathes, and chucking machines that cut, shape, drill, bore, thread, or face metal workpieces according to specifications: Lifts workpiece, manually or using hoist, and positions and secures workpiece between lathe centers, in chuck, or in holding fixture, using wrenches and clamps, or positions workpiece in automatic loading mechanism. Starts machine and turns handwheels to feed tools to workpiece or engages automatic feed. Turns valve to control flow of coolant against tool and workpiece. Observes machining operation to detect malfunction or excessive tool wear. Verifies that machined workpiece conforms to specifications, using thread, plug, and fixed gauges, dial indicators, calipers, and micrometers. Changes worn tools, using wrenches. May machine plastic or other nonmetallic materials. May be designated by type of machine as Knurling-Machine Tender; Tapper I.

Should I be a Lathe Tender?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Independent: You enjoy flying solo and doing things your own way.
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.
  • High Achiever: You love the challenge of tackling difficult work.

  • Also known as: Automatic-Lathe Tender, CNC Lathe Programmer, Computer Numerical Control Lathe Programmer, Engine-Lathe Tender See More

    How to become a Lathe Tender

    Most Lathe Tenders 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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