Drilling and Boring Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic

Description

Set up, operate, or tend drilling machines to drill, bore, ream, mill, or countersink metal or plastic work pieces.

Tasks

  • Verify conformance of machined work to specifications, using measuring instruments, such as calipers, micrometers, or fixed or telescoping gauges.
  • Study machining instructions, job orders, or blueprints to determine dimensional or finish specifications, sequences of operations, setups, or tooling requirements.
  • Select and set cutting speeds, feed rates, depths of cuts, and cutting tools, according to machining instructions or knowledge of metal properties.
  • Install tools in spindles.
  • Change worn cutting tools, using wrenches.
  • Position and secure workpieces on tables, using bolts, jigs, clamps, shims, or other holding devices.
  • Move machine controls to lower tools to workpieces and to engage automatic feeds.
  • Turn valves and direct flow of coolants or cutting oil over cutting areas.
  • Operate single- or multiple-spindle drill presses to bore holes so that machining operations can be performed on metal or plastic workpieces.
  • Establish zero reference points on workpieces, such as at the intersections of two edges or over hole locations.
  • Observe drilling or boring machine operations to detect any problems.
  • Lift workpieces onto work tables either manually or with hoists or direct crane operators to lift and position workpieces.
  • Lay out reference lines and machining locations on work, using layout tools, and applying knowledge of shop math and layout techniques.
  • Perform minor assembly, such as fastening parts with nuts, bolts, or screws, using power tools or hand tools.
  • Verify that workpiece reference lines are parallel to the axis of table rotation, using dial indicators mounted in spindles.
  • Operate tracing attachments to duplicate contours from templates or models.
  • Sharpen cutting tools, using bench grinders.

Knowledge

Foreign Language
Knowledge of the structure and content of a foreign (non-English) language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition and grammar, and pronunciation.

Abilities

Explosive Strength
The ability to use short bursts of muscle force to propel oneself (as in jumping or sprinting), or to throw an object.
Dynamic Flexibility
The ability to quickly and repeatedly bend, stretch, twist, or reach out with your body, arms, and/or legs.

Interests

Realistic
Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others.
Conventional
Conventional occupations frequently involve following set procedures and routines. These occupations can include working with data and details more than with ideas. Usually there is a clear line of authority to follow.
Investigative
Investigative occupations frequently involve working with ideas, and require an extensive amount of thinking. These occupations can involve searching for facts and figuring out problems mentally.
Enterprising
Enterprising occupations frequently involve starting up and carrying out projects. These occupations can involve leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes they require risk taking and often deal with business.
Artistic
Artistic occupations frequently involve working with forms, designs and patterns. They often require self-expression and the work can be done without following a clear set of rules.
Social
Social occupations frequently involve working with, communicating with, and teaching people. These occupations often involve helping or providing service to others.

Work Style

Attention to Detail
Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.
Dependability
Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.
Self Control
Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations.
Adaptability/Flexibility
Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace.
Independence
Job requires developing one's own ways of doing things, guiding oneself with little or no supervision, and depending on oneself to get things done.
Integrity
Job requires being honest and ethical.
Achievement/Effort
Job requires establishing and maintaining personally challenging achievement goals and exerting effort toward mastering tasks.
Initiative
Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.
Stress Tolerance
Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations.
Cooperation
Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.

Work Values

Support
Occupations that satisfy this work value offer supportive management that stands behind employees. Corresponding needs are Company Policies, Supervision: Human Relations and Supervision: Technical.
Relationships
Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to provide service to others and work with co-workers in a friendly non-competitive environment. Corresponding needs are Co-workers, Moral Values and Social Service.
Working Conditions
Occupations that satisfy this work value offer job security and good working conditions. Corresponding needs are Activity, Compensation, Independence, Security, Variety and Working Conditions.
Independence
Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to work on their own and make decisions. Corresponding needs are Creativity, Responsibility and Autonomy.
Achievement
Occupations that satisfy this work value are results oriented and allow employees to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment. Corresponding needs are Ability Utilization and Achievement.
Recognition
Occupations that satisfy this work value offer advancement, potential for leadership, and are often considered prestigious. Corresponding needs are Advancement, Authority, Recognition and Social Status.

Lay Titles

Assembler
Automatic Driller and Reamer
Automatic Drilling Machine Operator
Barrel Driller
Billet Driller
Bore Mill Operator
Borematic Machine Operator
Borematic Operator
Borer
Boring Machine Operator
Boring Machine Set Up Operator
Boring Mill Operator
Boring Mill Set Up Operator
Chamfering Machine Operator
Choke Reamer
Collet Driller
Computer Numerical Control Drilling Operator (CNC Drilling Operator)
Computer Numerical Control Machine Operator (CNC Machine Operator)
Computer Numerical Control Mill Operator (CNC Mill Operator)
Computer Numerical Control Operator (CNC Operator)
Computer Numerical Control Set-Up Operator (CNC Set-Up Operator)
Computer Numerical Control Technician (CNC Technician)
Countersinker
Dice Maker
Drill Operator
Drill Press Hand
Drill Press Operator
Drill Press Set Up Operator
Drill Press Tender
Drill Presser
Drill Punch Operator
Drill Setup Operator
Driller
Driller and Broacher
Driller and Reamer
Fabricator
Foot Drill Operator
Gang Drill Operator
Horizontal Boring Mill Operator
Horizontal Boring Mill Set Up Operator
Horizontal Boring Mill Set-Up Operator
Hub Borer
Jewel Cupping Machine Operator
Jig Bore Operator
Jig Boring Machine Set-Up Operator
Jig Mill Operator
Jigger
Jigger Operator
Machine Operator
Manufacturing Assistant
Manufacturing Associate
Manufacturing Operator
Metal Drill Operator
Metal Drill Press Operator
Metal Drilling Machine Operator
Multiple Drill Operator
Multiple Spindle Drill Press Set-Up Operator
Plate Driller
Printed Circuit Boards Drill Press Operator
Printed Circuit Boards Pinner
Process Equipment Operator
Production Boring Machine Operator
Radial Drill Operator
Radial Drill Press Operator
Radial Drill Press Set-Up Operator
Reamer
Reaming Machine Operator
Reaming Machine Tender
Reaming Press Operator
Recenterer
Set-Up Mill Operator
Set-Up Technician
Setup / Operator
Single Spindle Drill Press Set Up Operator
Single Spindle Drill Press Set-Up Operator

National Wages and Employment Info

Median Wages (2008):
$16.32 hourly, $33,940 annual.
Employment (2008):
20,660 employees