Turning Machine Set-Up Operator

Set up and operate turning machines to shape and bore smoking pipe bowls.
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Salary Range
$18,000 – $39,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Turning Machine Set-Up Operators do?

Sets up and operates turning machines to shape and bore smoking pipe bowls: Sharpens turning machine cutting knives, using grinding wheel. Inserts and secures knives in cutterhead, using socket wrench. Turns handwheels and moves levers to adjust turning machine carriage stops and cutting depth of machine. Places block in clamp on machine carriage and moves lever to secure block in clamp. Pushes machine carriage handle to move block into cutterhead to shape and bore sample pipe bowl. Examines sample pipe bowl to verify shape and dimension against specifications, using caliper and gauges. Performs other duties as described under BRIAR CUTTER 664.685-010.

Should I be a Turning Machine Set-Up Operator?

You should have a certificate degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Independent: You enjoy flying solo and doing things your own way.
  • 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.

  • Also known as: Planer Type Milling Machine Setup Operator

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    Turning Machine Set-Up Operator

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