Stone Lathe Operator

Set up and operate stonecutting lathes to turn and shape blocks of stone.
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Salary Range
$20,000 – $45,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Stone Lathe Operators do?

Sets up and operates stonecutting lathe to turn and shape blocks of stone, such as limestone, marble, granite, and sandstone to form columns, pillars, balusters, and other cylindrical building and monumental work: Mounts block of stone between centers of lathe, using hoist. Signals OVERHEAD CRANE OPERATOR 921.663-010 to position stone in lathe. Adjusts roughing tool or grinding wheel on carriage and starts machine. Opens water valve and feeds tool or grinding wheel against and along length of rotating stone. Removes roughing tool or wheel and installs finishing tools, using handtools. Measures stone to ensure cutting to specified dimension and contour, using caliper. May knock off corners of rough stone with hammer. May cut intricate designs in stone, using special tools. May sharpen cutting tools. May operate lathe to polish stone objects and be designated Stone-Lathe Polisher.


Should I be a Stone Lathe Operator?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Team Player: You're able to listen, communicate, and work with tons of different people.
  • Levelheaded: You hold your emotions in check, even in tough situations.
  • Flexible: You're open to change and think variety is the spice of life.

  • Also known as: Stone-Lathe Polisher

    How to become a Stone Lathe Operator

    Most Stone Lathe Operators have no higher education and get on-the-job training. Think about earning a Certificate to increase your competitiveness in the field. Chart?chd=s:9iaaaa&chl=no+college+%2888%25%29|certificate+%2812%25%29||||&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,88,88
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