Machine Try Out Setter

Set up prototype metalworking machines.
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Salary Range
$21,000 – $48,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Machine Try Out Setters do?

Sets up prototype metalworking machines, such as lathe, milling machine, or forging press to verify conformance to operating specifications, according to knowledge of inspection and machining techniques, tools and processes: Examines electrical components, such as electrical timers, relays, and switches, to ensure adequate functioning of automatic cycles. Compares rotary table indexing, when present, to specifications. Inspects fixture alignment, machine table movement, and position of cutting tools, using instruments, such as dial indicators, height setting devices and gauges. Installs dies or tool holders and tools, following blueprints, and using handtools and measuring instruments. Sets controls to regulate speed of feed, depth of cut, or length of ram stroke, according to type of machine being tested. Operates machine to obtain sample workpiece. Verifies conformance of workpiece to specifications, using measuring instruments, such as calipers, micrometers, and gauges. Determines cause of malfunction from inspection data. Repairs electrical and mechanical components and reports electronic malfunction to supervisor. Records operational data, such as pressure readings, length of stroke, feeds, and speeds, for customer use. May demonstrate setup and operation for customer personnel. May be designated according to type of machine as Honing-Machine Try-Out Setter.


Should I be a Machine Try Out Setter?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Persistent: You keep pushing through, even when faced with tough obstacles.
  • Ready for a Challenge: You jump into new projects with initiative and drive.
  • Team Player: You're able to listen, communicate, and work with tons of different people.

  • Also known as: Honing-Machine Try-Out Setter, Machine Try-Out Setter

    How to become a Machine Try Out Setter

    Most Machine Try Out Setters 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:a9scaa&chl=|no+college+%2875%25%29|certificate+%2822%25%29|associate%27s+%283%25%29||&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,0,75
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