Milling Machine Operator Job Description

Milling Machine Operators job function is to set up, operate, or tend milling or planning machines to mill, plane, shape, groove, or profile metal or plastic work pieces.

The Milling Machine Operator removes work pieces from machines, and check to ensure that they conform to specifications, using measuring instruments such as microscopes, gauges, calipers, and micrometers. The Milling Machine Operator observes milling or planning machine operation and adjusts controls to ensure conformance with specified tolerances. The Milling Machine Operator positions and secures work pieces on machines, using holding devices, measuring instruments, hand tools, and hoists. The Milling Machine Operator studies blueprints, layouts, sketches, or work orders to assess work pieces specifications and to determine tooling instructions, tools and materials needed, and sequences of operations. The Milling Machine Operator moves controls to set cutting specifications, to position cutting tools and work pieces in relation to each other, and to start machines. The Milling Machine Operator computes dimensions, tolerances, and angles of work pieces or machines, according to specifications and knowledge of metal properties and shop mathematics. The Milling Machine Operator verifies alignment of work pieces on machines, using measuring instruments such as rules, gauges, or calipers.

The Milling Machine Operator selects cutting speeds, feed rates, and depths of cuts, applying knowledge of metal properties and shop mathematics. The Milling Machine Operator moves cutters or material manually or by turning hand wheels, or by turning hand wheels, or engage automatic feeding mechanisms to mill work pieces to specifications. The Milling Machine Operator replaces worn tools, using hand tools, and sharpens dull tools, using bench grinders. The Milling Machine Operator needs knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods. The Milling Machine needs knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance. The Milling Machine Operator needs knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications. The Milling Machine Operator needs knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.

The Milling Machine Operator needs the skill to conduct tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance. The Milling Machine Operator needs the skill and knowledge to use mathematics in order to solve problems that are related to his/her job function. The Milling Machine Operator needs the skill to determine the kind of tools and equipment needed to do a job in accordance with the job requirements. The Milling Machine Operator needs the skill to watch gauges, dials, or indicators to make sure the machinery in relation to the job is working properly. The Milling Machine Operator is expected to control operations of equipment or systems while doing the job performance. The Milling Machine Operator needs the skill to give full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times. The Milling Machine Operator needs to be able to perform routine maintenance on equipment and determine when and what kind of maintenance is needed. The Milling Machine Operator needs the ability to manage the crew’s time as well as his own personal time.

The Milling Machine Operator needs to be able to determine causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it. The Milling Machine Operator installs equipment, machines, wiring, or programs to meet specifications. The Milling Machine Operator must have the ability to quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects. The Milling Machine Operator needs the ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand. The Milling Machine Operator needs the ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position. The Milling Machine Operator needs the ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects. The Milling Machine Operator needs the ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.

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