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Drilling and Boring Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic - 51-4032.00

O*NET-SOC Description

Set up, operate, or tend drilling machines to drill, bore, ream, mill, or countersink metal or plastic work pieces.

Sample of Reported Job Titles

  • Bore Mill Operator
  • CNC Drilling Operator (Computer Numerical Control Drilling Operator)
  • CNC Machinist (Computer Numerical Control Machinist)
  • Drill Operator
  • Drill Press Operator
  • Drill Setup Operator
  • Machine Operator
  • Punch Operator
  • Radial Drill Operator
  • Setup Mill Operator

SOC Occupation Groups

51-0000 Production Occupations
51-4000 Metal Workers and Plastic Workers
51-4030 Machine Tool Cutting Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic
51-4032.00 Drilling and Boring Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic

Related Occupations


  • Change worn cutting tools, using wrenches.
  • Establish zero reference points on workpieces, such as at the intersections of two edges or over hole locations.
  • Install tools in spindles.
  • Lay out reference lines and machining locations on work, using layout tools, and applying knowledge of shop math and layout techniques.
  • Lift workpieces onto work tables either manually or with hoists or direct crane operators to lift and position workpieces.
  • Move machine controls to lower tools to workpieces and to engage automatic feeds.
  • Observe drilling or boring machine operations to detect any problems.
  • Operate single- or multiple-spindle drill presses to bore holes so that machining operations can be performed on metal or plastic workpieces.
  • Operate tracing attachments to duplicate contours from templates or models.
  • Perform minor assembly, such as fastening parts with nuts, bolts, or screws, using power tools or hand tools.
  • Position and secure workpieces on tables, using bolts, jigs, clamps, shims, or other holding devices.
  • Select and set cutting speeds, feed rates, depths of cuts, and cutting tools, according to machining instructions or knowledge of metal properties.
  • Sharpen cutting tools, using bench grinders.
  • Study machining instructions, job orders, or blueprints to determine dimensional or finish specifications, sequences of operations, setups, or tooling requirements.
  • Turn valves and direct flow of coolants or cutting oil over cutting areas.
  • Verify conformance of machined work to specifications, using measuring instruments, such as calipers, micrometers, or fixed or telescoping gauges.
  • Verify that workpiece reference lines are parallel to the axis of table rotation, using dial indicators mounted in spindles.

Detailed Work Activities

  • Adjust equipment controls to regulate coolant flow.
  • Align parts or workpieces to ensure proper assembly.
  • Assemble metal or plastic parts or products.
  • Draw guide lines or markings on materials or workpieces using patterns or other references.
  • Drill holes in parts, equipment, or materials.
  • Lift materials or workpieces using cranes or other lifting equipment.
  • Measure dimensions of completed products or workpieces to verify conformance to specifications.
  • Mount attachments or tools onto production equipment.
  • Mount materials or workpieces onto production equipment.
  • Operate grinding equipment.
  • Read work orders or other instructions to determine product specifications or materials requirements.
  • Replace worn equipment components.
  • Review blueprints or other instructions to determine operational methods or sequences.
  • Set equipment controls to meet cutting specifications.
  • Sharpen cutting or grinding tools.
  • Signal others to coordinate work activities.
  • Study blueprints or other instructions to determine equipment setup requirements.
  • Watch operating equipment to detect malfunctions.

Military Crosswalk Titles

  • Advanced Machinery Repairman (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Allied Trades Specialist (Army - Enlisted)
  • Allied Trades Warrant Officer (Army - Warrant Officer only)
  • Machinery Repairman (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Machinery Repairman Apprentice (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Machinery Repairman Journeyman (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Machinery Technician (Coast Guard - Enlisted)
  • Machinist (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Marine Safety Specialist Engineer (Coast Guard - Warrant Officer only)
  • Naval Engineering Specialty (Coast Guard - Warrant Officer only)
  • Rubber and Plastics Worker (Navy - Enlisted)

Apprenticeship Crosswalk Titles

No information available.

DOT Crosswalk Titles

  • Boring-Machine Operator
  • Boring-Machine Operator, Production
  • Boring-Machine Set-Up Operator, Jig
  • Boring-Mill Set-Up Operator, Horizontal
  • Chamfering-Machine Operator I
  • Chamfering-Machine Operator II
  • Choke Reamer
  • Collet Driller
  • Countersinker
  • Dice Maker
  • Drill Press Tender
  • Drill-Press Operator
  • Drill-Press Operator, Printed Circuit Boards
  • Drill-Press Set-Up Operator, Multiple Spindle
  • Drill-Press Set-Up Operator, Radial
  • Drill-Press Set-Up Operator, Radial, Tool
  • Drill-Press Set-Up Operator, Single Spindle
  • Driller
  • Driller And Broacher
  • Driller-And-Reamer, Automatic
  • Drilling-Machine Operator, Automatic
  • Pinner, Printed Circuit Boards
  • Reaming-Machine Tender
  • Stab Setter And Driller
  • Tapper II
  • Tapper Operator
  • Trade Marker