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Metal Working Machine Operatives

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About this career

£31,917

Median salary

New workers start around £19,773.37. Normal pay is £31,917 per year. Highly experienced workers can earn up to £48,552.46.
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Jobs

Subjects achieved a 100% pass rate, including Maths, Further Maths, Physics, English Literature and Spanish.

Daily Tasks

  • 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.
  • Smooths 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.

Skills

Job postings

Learning Strategies
63
Critical Thinking
59
Active Learning
58
Reading Comprehension
52
Mathematics
48
Active Listening
47
Monitoring
47
Writing
46
Speaking
41
Science
28