Metal Machining Setters and Setter-operators

Job holders in this unit group operate machines to drill, bore, grind, cut, mill or otherwise shape metal workpieces.


New workers
£ 18,411
£ 27,921
£ 42,940

Available jobs

In the past year there were 50,130 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.

  • Machining

  • Engineering Drawings

  • Computer Numerical Control (CNC)

  • Machinery

  • Tooling

  • Lathes

  • Milling

  • CNC Machining

  • CNC Milling

  • Fanuc Controllers

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.

  • Communications

  • Detail Oriented

  • Management

  • Operations

  • Customer Service

  • Problem Solving

  • Self-Motivation

  • English Language

  • Mathematics

  • Teamwork

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.