Tool Gear-Cutting-Machine Set-Up Operator

Set up and operate a variety of gear-cutting machines.
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Salary Range
$21,000 – $48,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Tool Gear-Cutting-Machine Set-Up Operators do?

Sets up and operates variety of gear-cutting machines, such as gear shapers, hobs, and generators to machine spline, rack, or gear teeth on metal blanks, analyzing specifications according to knowledge of gear designs, shop mathematics, and gear machining procedures: Studies blueprint to visualize machining required, and plans sequence of operations. Selects machine and method of holding workpiece. Computes machine settings from gear specifications. Positions and secures workpiece to cutting angle on arbor, in chuck or other holding device, using wrenches. Selects, positions, and secures cutters in toolhead, in spindle, or on arbor. Sets feed rates and rotation speeds of cutters and workpiece in relation to each other by selecting and mounting gears, cams, or templates, or by moving levers. Moves controls to set cutting speeds and depth of stroke and cut for reciprocating cutters, and to position tool and workpiece in relation to each other. May select and mount guides to impart twisting motion to spindle for cutting helical gears. Starts machine, turns valve handle to start flow of coolant against cutter and workpiece. Verifies conformance of machined gear to specifications, using gear measuring wires, involute checker, master gears, optical comparator, and other special gear inspection equipment. May operate broaching machine to broach internal splines or gears [BROACHING-MACHINE SET-UP OPERATOR 605.382-010]. May work on nonmetallic materials. May be required to have experience with particular gear type, material, or size, type, or trade name of machine.

Should I be a Tool Gear-Cutting-Machine Set-Up 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.
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.
  • Independent: You enjoy flying solo and doing things your own way.

  • Also known as: Gear-Cutting-Machine Set-Up Operator, Tool, Tool Gear Cutting Machine Set-Up Operator, Tooling Set-Up Person

    How to Become a
    Tool Gear-Cutting-Machine Set-Up Operator

    Most Tool Gear-Cutting-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: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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