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Metal Working Machine Operatives

Metal working machine operatives operate machines to cut, shape, abrade and otherwise machine metal, use hand and power tools to remove surplus metal and rough surfaces from castings, forgings or other metal parts, and clean, smooth and polish metal workpieces.

Wages

New workers
AVERAGE
Experienced
£ 16,038
£ 22,604
£ 35,725

Available jobs

In the past year there were 56,204 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?

  • Selects and secures polishing head to machine tool, prepares head with emery, grease or other substance, sets speed and angle of polishing head, and operates controls to feed polishing head to workpiece or vice versa.

  • Smoothes rough surfaces with hand tools, abrasive belts and wheels, compressed air, jets of vapour, or blasting with shot, grit, sand or other abrasive material.

  • Operates burning, chipping and grinding equipment to remove defects from metal parts, and files, chisels, burns and saws off surplus metal.

  • Withdraws workpiece and examines accuracy using measuring instruments.

  • Sets controls, starts machine and operates controls to feed tool to workpiece or vice versa and repositions workpiece during machining as required.

  • Secures workpiece in drilling, boring, milling, planing, grinding, lapping, honing, electrochemical, or other shaping machines, or loads metal stock on to press.

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

  • Machining

  • Computer Numerical Control (CNC)

  • Engineering Drawings

  • Lathes

  • Product Family Engineering

  • Tooling

  • CNC Machining

  • Milling

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

  • Operations

  • Management

  • Problem Solving

  • Planning

  • Self-Motivation

  • Customer Service

  • Mathematics

  • Willingness To Learn

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.