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CNC Lathe Production Technician Program

CNC Lathe Production Technician Program

The CNC Lathe Production Technician Program is designed to help you acquire the skills and knowledge you need to become an entry-level lathe operator. Lathe production technicians use computer numerical controlled (CNC) machines to create products from metal and plastic. Adept with their hands, lathe production technicians set up, adjust and operate lathe machines that produce precise circular cuts and tubular shapes within manufacturing materials. Operating lathe machines requires special training and an attentive eye for precision, making CNC lathe production technicians valuable members of the manufacturing team.

If you enjoy tinkering with objects or launching your own DIY projects, a role as a lathe production technician might be for you. Lathe production technicians occupy an important role in the manufacturing process as they operate and monitor machines that produce parts for automotive and aerospace industries. This is the ideal role for an attentive person who enjoys working with powerful machines, tools and their hands.


What is a Lathe Production Technician and what does their work entail?

Lathe production technicians control and monitor CNC machines to create objects from metals and plastics. These technicians often feed titanium, steel, aluminum or plastic into large CNC machines that shape the materials into newly created products and objects. Upon completion, a lathe production technician will inspect an object to ensure it matches specifications. They also closely monitor dials and settings on machines to prevent malfunctions from occurring during the manufacturing process, so an eye for detail is crucial in this role.

Other names for this position might include: CNC Lathe Operator, CNC Operator, Lathe Operator, Machine Operator, Numerical Control Operator (NC Operator), Screw Machine Operator

Tasks and work activities for lathe production technicians may include

  • Adjust tool positions and controls on CNC machines to maintain specific dimensions, timing, and clearances for objects in the manufacturing process.
  • Operate grinding, plastic or metal-forming equipment.
  • Align cutting tools in tool holders on machines and verify their positions using measuring instruments.
  • Study blueprints and job orders to determine specifications, tooling instructions, material requirements and operational sequences for machines.
  • Perform important maintenance on machines by replacing worn tools and machine fluids such as oil and coolants.
  • Inspect newly created objects after manufacturing to ensure they meet required specifications.

Lathe production technicians may be found in the following industries:

  • Aerospace
  • Electrical equipment
  • Automotive
  • Medical devices
  • Military
  • Marine

Information on this page updated from O-net job code: 51-4034.00 on 12/20/16

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