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Lathe and Turning Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic

Job Information

Set up, operate, or tend lathe and turning machines to turn, bore, thread, form, or face metal or plastic materials, such as wire, rod, or bar stock.


  • Manufacturing industries employ over 90 percent of workers.
  • A few weeks of on-the-job training is sufficient for most workers to learn basic machine tending operations, but a year or more is required to become a highly skilled operator or setter.
  • Employment is projected to decline rapidly.
  • Those who can operate multiple machines will have the best opportunities for advancement and for gaining jobs with more long-term potential.


Personality I'm hands on
Salary $36,070/yr ($18.04/hr)
Job Outlook Average
Education High School diploma