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Lathe Operator Duties and Responsibilities
Specific job duties for lathe operators vary based on their employer. However, there are several core tasks common to all lathe operators, such as:
Prepare Lathes for Operation
Before they start the manufacturing process, lathe operators prepare the machines to process the raw materials. To prepare machines, lathe operators adjust specific settings, such as height and width.
Prepare Materials for Fabrication
Lathe operators prepare the raw materials for parts manufacturing. This includes ensuring the materials used are the right size. Lathe operators look at blueprints and parts plans to ensure the correct materials are being used.
Operate the Lathe
After the machine and materials have been prepared for fabrication, lathe operators run the lathe and other machines in a safe and efficient manner. They are responsible for the proper operation of the machine so parts are manufactured correctly.