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

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At A Glance: Drilling and Boring Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic

Drilling and boring machine tool setters, operators, and tenders set up, operate, or tend drilling machines to drill, bore, ream, mill, or countersink metal or plastic work pieces. Using blueprints and technical drawings, setters, operators and tenders measure and prepare materials by drilling or punching them. They must set up their machine to operate at the appropriate cutting speed and depth. When drilling and boring operators complete a part, they carefully inspect the part for quality and conformity to the project standards. They are also responsible for maintenance their machine by replacing and installing new parts. To become a drilling and boring tool setter, operator, or tender requires at least a high school diploma and a few months to one year of on-the-job training. Some employers may require the completion of certificates or on-the-job training. Drilling and boring machine tool setters, operators, and tenders earn approximately $18.28 an hour.

Entry Level Requirements

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High School Diploma

To become a drilling and boring machine tool setter, operator, and/or tender requires at least a high school diploma. Some positions require a post-secondary certificate.
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Manufacturing industry:

$26 Billion
annual contribution in Gross Regional Product to the regional economy.

How much can I make?

Hourly Rate: $12 - $30/HR.

Job Details: Drilling and Boring Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic

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Commonly Performed Tasks

There are many tasks that drilling and boring machine tool setters, operators, and tenders perform regularly. They are primarily responsible for operating drilling and boring machines to drill holes in parts according to project specifications. Their job requires them to move and position materials onto production equipment.
  • Verify conformance of machined work to specifications using measuring instruments
  • Study machining instructions to determine specifications, sequences of operations, setups, etc.
  • Select and set cutting speeds, feed rates, and depths of cuts according to instructions or knowledge
  • Drill holes in parts, equipment or materials
  • Maintain machines by changing worn equipment

Required Job Skills

Drilling and boring machine tool setters, operators, and tenders require specific skills, abilities, and knowledge to do their jobs effectively. To make products to specifications, they must be able to do their work with accuracy and precision. They must monitor themselves, others, and machines, maintaining a safe work environment.
  • Concentrate on a task without being distracted
  • Identify, analyze, and solve complex problems
  • Comprehend complex informational text and visuals
  • Physical strength and dexterity
  • Knowledge of machines, tools, and materials

Education & Training Information

Programs and Opportunities

Community College of Allegheny County - South Campus
Program: Manufacturing Technology
Certification: Associate's Degree
Length: 2 Years
Butler County Community College - Main Campus
Program: Machine Tool Technology
Certification: Certificate
Length: 1 Year
Pennsylvania College of Technology
Program: Machine Tool Technology
Certification: Associate's Degree
Length: 2 Years
Westmoreland County Community College
Program: Journeyman Machining Technology
Certification: Certificate
Length: 1 Year
Eastern Gateway Community College - Youngstown Campus
Program: Machining
Certification: Associate's Degree
Length: 2 Years

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