Production Gear-Cutting-Machine Operator

Tend gear-cutting machines to machine spline or gear teeth on metal blanks.
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Quick Stats


Salary Range
$21,000 – $48,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Production Gear-Cutting-Machine Operators do?

Tends one or more previously set up gear-cutting machines, such as gear shapers, hobbers, finishers, and generators, to machine spline or gear teeth on metal blanks: Positions and secures workpiece on arbor, or in chuck, fixture, or automatic feeding mechanism. Starts machine and flow of coolant and observes operation. Adjusts machine stops and changes worn cutter, using wrenches. Verifies conformance to specifications, using fixed gauges, micrometers, and preset dial indicators. May machine plastics or other nonmetallic materials. May be required to have experience with particular material, product, or size, type, or trade name of machine.


Should I be a Production Gear-Cutting-Machine Operator?

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.
  • Team Player: You're able to listen, communicate, and work with tons of different people.
  • Ready for a Challenge: You jump into new projects with initiative and drive.

  • Also known as: Gear-Cutting-Machine Operator, Production, Production-Gear Cutter, Production Gear Cutting Machine Operator

    How to Become a
    Production Gear-Cutting-Machine Operator

    Most Production Gear-Cutting-Machine Operators 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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