CNC Lathe Operator

  • Century, Inc.
  • Traverse City, MI, United States
  • Aug 09, 2017
Full time Manufacturing

Job Description

Operate CNC lathe to perform machining operations by performing the following duties.

  • Reads process sheets, blueprints, and sketches of part to determine machining to be done, dimensional specifications, set up, and operating requirements.

  • Mounts workpiece between centers, in chuck, or to faceplate.

  • Selects and installs preset tooling in tool posts, turrets or indexing heads, and automatic tool change magazine, in sequence specified on process sheet.

  • Depresses buttons, toggles, and starts machining operation.

  • Observes control panel and compares with data on process sheet to verify dimensional adjustments, feed rates, and speeds of machining cuts.

  • Inspects first run piece and spot checks succeeding pieces for conformance to specifications.

  • Studies job packet and organizes materials for next run during automatic controlled cycles to shorten changeover time.

  • Sets tools before positioning them in lathe.

  • Follow weekly schedule to turn jobs to meet shipping deadlines.

  • Maintain machine maintenance and cleanliness, fill out proper checklists.


To perform the job successfully, an individual should demonstrate the following competencies :

  • Problem Solving - Identifies and resolves problems in a timely manner; Gathers and analyzes information skillfully; Develops alternative solutions.

  • Technical Skills - Assesses own strengths and weaknesses; Pursues training and development opportunities; Strives to continuously build knowledge and skills; Shares expertise with others.

  • Teamwork - Balances team and individual responsibilities; Gives and welcomes feedback.

  • Safety and Security - Observes safety and security procedures; Reports potentially unsafe conditions; Uses equipment and materials properly.

  • Dependability - Follows instructions, responds to management direction; Completes tasks on time or notifies appropriate person with an alternate plan.

Education and/or Experience

High school diploma or GED equivalent.

Language Skills

Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals. Ability to write routine reports and correspondence. Ability to speak effectively before groups of customers or employees of organization.

Mathematical Skills

Ability to work with mathematical concepts such as probability and statistical inference, and fundamentals of plane and solid geometry and trigonometry. Ability to apply concepts such as fractions, percentages, ratios, and proportions to practical situations.

Reasoning Ability

Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out detailed but uninvolved written or oral instructions.

Other Skills and Abilities

Blue print reading

Be able to read micrometers and other required machinist tools


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