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Job Description:

  • 1) Sets up and operates thermal cutting machines which cut metal plates and structural shapes to dimensions, contour, and bevel specified by blueprints, layout, work orders, and templates: Lifts, positions, and clamps metal stock onto bed of machine.

  • 2) Connects hoses from torch to regulator valves and cylinders of oxygen and fuel gas, such as acetylene, hydrogen, or propane.

  • 3) Selects torch tip and computes gas pressure and mixture, and speed of cut, according to type and thickness of metal, data charts, or record of previous cuts.

  • 4) Installs tip to torch.

  • 5) Pushes button to adjust sliding arm from side or overhead carriage to position torch over cutting line, and to adjust height of head over workpiece to make longitudinal cuts.

  • 6) Adjusts length of radial arm to cut out arcs or circles.

  • 7) Tilts angle of torch to cut bevels.

  • 8) Pushes buttons and reads gauges to obtain selected gas pressure and mixture and set speed of cutting action.

  • 9) Pushes button to automatically light torch, preheat metal to oxidizing temperature, and open valve to release additional oxygen to cut through metal.

  • 10) Pushes button to automatically position torch at cutting line and to start machine moving along line.

  • 11) May maintain records of operating data.

  • 12) May lay out cutting lines, using rule, tape, and square.

  • 13) May preheat metal to remove surface impurities, using hand torch.

  • 14) May clamp two or more plates together for simultaneous cutting.

  • 15) May be designated according to equipment used as Electronic-Eye-Thermal-Cutting-Machine Operator; Magnetic-Thermal-Cutting-Machine Operator; Thermal-Cutting-Tracer-Machine Operator; Track-Template-Thermal-Cutting-Machine Operator; Plasma-Cutting-Machine Operator.




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DOT:   816.482-010

Job Number: 11144