Alabama Department of Labor

Labor Market Information Division
SOC: 51-4032 Drilling and Boring Machine Tool Setters, Operator
Set up, operate, or tend drilling machines to drill, bore, ream, mill, or countersink metal or plastic work pieces.
Education: Most occupations in this zone require training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree.
OJT: Employees in these occupations usually need one or two years of training involving both on-the-job experience and informal training with experienced workers. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.
Tasks: Verify conformance of machined work to specifications, using measuring instruments, such as calipers, micrometers, or fixed or telescoping gauges. Study machining instructions, job orders, or blueprints to determine dimensional or finish specifications, sequences of operations, setups, or tooling requirements. Select and set cutting speeds, feed rates, depths of cuts, and cutting tools, according to machining instructions or knowledge of metal properties. Install tools in spindles. Change worn cutting tools, using wrenches. Position and secure workpieces on tables, using bolts, jigs, clamps, shims, or other holding devices. Move machine controls to lower tools to workpieces and to engage automatic feeds. Turn valves and direct flow of coolants or cutting oil over cutting areas. Operate single- or multiple-spindle drill presses to bore holes so that machining operations can be performed on metal or plastic workpieces. Establish zero reference points on workpieces, such as at the intersections of two edges or over hole locations. Observe drilling or boring machine operations to detect any problems. Lift workpieces onto work tables either manually or with hoists or direct crane operators to lift and position workpieces. Lay out reference lines and machining locations on work, using layout tools, and applying knowledge of shop math and layout techniques. Perform minor assembly, such as fastening parts with nuts, bolts, or screws, using power tools or hand tools.
License: License not required.
Outlook: poor
Alabama Employment Outlook
Alabama Wage Data
Hourly Wage   Annual Wage
Entry $11.80   Entry $24,547.00
Mean $19.71   Mean $40,998.00
Experience $23.66 Experience $49,218.00

The data is based on the May 2017 Occupation Employment Survey employment and wage estimate file. The wages have been aged using the most current ECI factors reflecting wages as of June 2018.

Alabama Projections
Estimated Employment 2016Projected Employment 2026Annual Average OpeningsAnnual Growth Rate
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51-4032.00 Drilling and Boring Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic