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Job Description:

  • 1) Sets up and operates numerically controlled horizontal lathe to perform machining operations, such as turning, boring, facing, and threading parts, such as castings, forgings, and bar stock: Reads process sheets, blueprints, and sketches of part to determine machining to be done, dimensional specifications, set up, and operating requirements.

  • 2) Inserts beginning point of tape in reading head of control unit.

  • 3) Mounts workpiece between centers, in chuck, or to faceplate, manually or using hoist.

  • 4) Selects and installs preset tooling in tool posts, turrets or indexing heads, and automatic-tool-change magazine, in sequence specified on process sheet.

  • 5) Depresses buttons, toggles, or sets tape and starts machining operation.

  • 6) Observes numerical displays on control panel and compares with data on process sheet to verify dimensional adjustments, feed rates, and speeds of machining cuts.

  • 7) Turns dials and switches to override tape control and correct machine performance, applying practical knowledge of lathe operation.

  • 8) Inspects first-run piece and spot-checks succeeding pieces for conformance to specifications, using micrometers and precision dial gauges.

  • 9) Studies job packet and organizes materials for next run during automatic tape-controlled cycles to shorten changeover time.

  • 10) May set tools before positioning them in lathe, using precision gauges and instruments.

  • 11) May set up and operate another machine tool during tape-controlled machining cycles.

  • 12) May machine nonmetallic materials.

  • 13) May be designated by type of lathe operated as Engine Lathe Operator, Numerical Control; Turret Lathe Operator, Numerical Control.




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