Metal Machining Setters and Setter-operators

Metal machining setters and setter-operators operate machines to drill, bore, grind, cut, mill or otherwise shape metal workpieces.


New workers
£ 18,695
£ 30,782
£ 48,795

Available jobs

In the past year there were 42,776 vacancies for this type of job

Related courses

People work towards these careers by taking these courses at college and uni.

What they do most days?

  • Instructs operators on the safe and correct method of operation of the machine.

  • Repositions workpiece, changes tools and resets machine as necessary during production run.

  • Operates automatic or manual controls to feed tool to workpiece or vice versa and checks accuracy of machining.

  • Sets machine controls for rotation speeds, depth of cut and stroke, and adjusts machine table, stops and guides.

  • Selects and fixes work-holding devices and appropriate cutting, shaping, grinding and/or forming tools.

  • Examines drawings and specifications to determine appropriate method, sequence of operations and machine setting.

Hard Skills

Hard skills are specific, learnable, measurable, often industry or occupation-specific abilities related to a position.

Skills are ranked based on the number of job adverts that list them as required skills.

  • Machine Operation

  • Machinery

  • Housekeeping

  • Warehousing

  • Production Line

  • Manual Handling

  • Machining

  • Development Environment

  • Hand Tools

  • Machine Setup

Soft Skills

Soft skills can be self-taught and usually do not necessitate a certain completed level of education.

Skills are ranked based on the number of job adverts that list them as required skills.

  • Detail Oriented

  • Communication

  • Operations

  • Problem Solving

  • Willingness To Learn

  • Loading And Unloading

  • Quality Control

  • Packaging And Labeling

  • Troubleshooting (Problem Solving)

  • Self-Motivation

How do I get a job like this?

People in these types of job started their career paths after studying courses like the ones below.