Lathe Operator

Livonia, MI

Posted: 10/11/2018 Industry: Engineering

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

Job Specifications


  • Production and Processing — Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods
  • Mathematics — Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, and their applications
  • Mechanical — Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance
  • Computers and Electronics – Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming
  • Design – Knowledge of design techniques, tools and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blue prints, drawings and models
  • Engineering and Technology — Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services

Minimum Requirements

  • High school diploma
  • Vocational training
  • 5 years of Lathe training or hands-on experience or a combination of both

Rick Simon
Vice President of Sales

Rick is a technical sales and operations management professional within the automotive, defense and manufacturing industries. A career of supporting original equipment manufacturers, the tier supplier base and major defense contractors has presented opportunities within scope of work fulfillment and technical staffing (engineering, design, information technology). The ability to facilitate client projects and assist those with career choices has been an exciting and rewarding journey. His recent concentration in vehicle connectivity (electrification, autonomy, v2v, V2i) and the transformation of manufacturing technology (Industry 4.0) continue to fuel Rick’s interest. Rick excels at relationship building, account management, and employee retention initiatives within the engineering, design and security communities. Rick’s business education continually pushes him to process, processes management and success.

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