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Lathe Operator

K&A Resource Group
Job Description

The CNC Lathe Operator/Programmer programs, sets up, operates, and tends lathe and turning machines to turn, bore, thread, form, or face various kinds of steel. This job description indicates the general nature and level of the work that is expected. It is not designed to contain a comprehensive or all-inclusive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities. Other duties may be required.

Primary Responsibilities


  • Must be able to set cutting speeds depths, and feed rates.

  • Adjust tool positions and machine controls, to ensure specified timing, clearance, and tolerances

  • Selects cutting tools according to knowledge of metal properties and shop mathematics, or written specifications

  • Inspect finished work piece and verify conformance with specifications of first-run, using measuring instruments

  • Must be able to read blueprint and determine materials needed, sequence of operations, dimensions, and tooling instructions

  • Determines specifications or procedures for tooling set-up, work piece dimensions, or numerical control sequences, using blueprints, instructions, and machine knowledge.

  • Edit and save programs to eliminate errors and retest programs to check that problems have been solved

  • Modify existing programs to enhance efficiency

  • Enter computer commands to store or retrieve parts patterns, graphic displays or programs that transfer data to other media

  • Lifts metal stock or work piece manually or using hoist, and positions and secures it in machine.

  • Replaces worn tooling

  • Computes unspecified dimensions and machine settings, using knowledge of metal properties and shop mathematics

  • Positions, secures, and aligns cutting tools in tool holders on machine, using hand tools, and verifies their position with measuring instruments
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