Screw Machine Set Up Operator

Set up and operate single- or multiple-spindle lathe-type screw machines.
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Salary Range
$23,000 – $52,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Screw Machine Set Up Operators do?

Sets up and operates single- or multiple-spindle lathe-type screw machines equipped with automatic indexing and feeding mechanisms to machine metal bar stock, following specifications and tooling instructions and applying knowledge of screw machine operations: Reads blueprint or job order for product specifications, such as dimensions, tolerances, number of parts to be machined, and tooling instructions, such as cutting speeds, feed rates, depth of cuts, and cutting tools to be used. Positions and secures specified collets, bushings, and stock pushers onto stock-feeding mechanism, using wrenches and screwdrivers, and loads bar stock into feeding mechanism, manually or using hoist. Installs and adjusts specified cams, gears, and stops to control stock and tool movements at each station. Positions and secures tools in toolholders, verifying positions with gauges and other measuring instruments. Sets cutting speeds and feed rates. Moves controls to cycle machine through settings, stopping machine and adjusting tool positions and machine controls to allow for operating factors, such as timing, clearance between moving parts, and chip removal. Starts machine, observes operation, and inspects first-run and sample workpiece to ensure machining conforms to specifications, using measuring instruments, such as plug and ring gauges, calipers, and micrometers. Replaces worn tools. May operate bench grinder to sharpen tools. May machine nonmetallic materials. May be required to have experience with particular material or product or machine of particular size, type, or trade name. May set up machines for other workers.

Should I be a Screw Machine Set Up Operator?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Ready for a Challenge: You jump into new projects with initiative and drive.
  • Logical Thinker: You take a step-by-step approach to analyze information and solve problems.
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.

  • Also known as: Automatic-Screw-Machine Operator, Gear Hobber Set Up Operator, Gear Shaver Set Up Operator, Screw Machine Operator See More

    How to Become a
    Screw Machine Set Up Operator

    Most Screw Machine Set Up 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: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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