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Occupational Report for Lathe and Turning Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plasti (51-4034) , Oregon Statewide
Occupational Description

Set up, operate, or tend lathe and turning machines to turn, bore, thread, form, or face metal or plastic materials, such as wire, rod, or bar stock.

Employment Outlook for Lathe and Turning Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plasti
Statewide Employment Analysis Employment in this occupation in 2012 was somewhat smaller than the statewide average for all occupations. The total number of job openings is projected to be somewhat lower than the statewide average number of job openings for all occupations through 2022. This occupation is expected to grow at a much slower rate than the statewide average growth rate for all occupations through 2022.

Limited employment opportunities exist, mostly from the need to fill replacement openings.

Data Sources and Limitations
Current Employment Department Job Openings for Lathe and Turning Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plasti There are 2 current openings for this occupation. Openings 1 through 2 are listed below.
Job Title Date Posted Location Wage Offered
Manual Lathe Operator 10/28/14 Eugene DOE
Lathe Operator I 6/25/14 Eugene $22.40/hr to $24.25/hr DOE
Job Openings from the Web for Lathe and Turning Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plasti There are no openings for this occupation.
State of Oregon License Information for Lathe and Turning Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plasti No statewide license is required for this occupation.
Wages for Lathe and Turning Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plasti
Region ---------------- 2014 Wages ----------------
Percentiles (hourly wages) Avg
Hourly
($/hr)
Avg
Annual
10th 25th 50th
(median)
75th 90th
Note: This occupation has a large share of part-time workers.
Annual wages for occupations with a large share of part-time workers may overstate actual income.
Oregon Statewide $14.39 $17.56 $21.85 $27.63 $39.72 $23.55 $48,986
Multnomah / Washington 13.79 17.31 23.25 29.32 42.29 24.88 51,748
Lane 13.09 16.06 18.54 21.34 22.85 18.21 37,888
Clackamas 15.17 17.18 20.58 24.11 27.44 20.40 42,435
Data Sources and Limitations
Regional Employment Projections for Lathe and Turning Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plasti
Region Employment Change % Change Projected Annual Openings
2012 2022 Growth Replacement Total
Oregon Statewide 325 326 1 0.3% 0 6 6
Multnomah / Washington 160 161 1 0.6% 0 3 3
Clackamas 77 81 4 5.2% 0 2 2
Lane 31 32 1 3.2% 0 1 1
Benton / Lincoln / Linn 26 27 1 3.8% 0 0 0
Marion / Polk / Yamhill 15 15 0 0.0% 0 0 0
Jackson / Josephine 11 11 0 0.0% 0 0 0
Crook / Deschutes / Jefferson 10 9 -1 -10.0% 0 0 0
Clatsop / Columbia / Tillamook 5 5 0 0.0% 0 0 0
Coos / Curry 2 2 0 0.0% 0 0 0
Douglas 1 1 0 0.0% 0 0 0
Gilliam / Hood River / Sherman / Wheeler / Wasco 1 1 0 0.0% 0 0 0

These estimates do not include self-employment. Replacement openings are caused by existing workers permanently leaving their occupation. Many additional job openings occur due to job changes within occupations.
Data Sources and Limitations
Industries of Employment for Lathe and Turning Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plasti
Industry
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Ownership 2012
Employment
Total All Industries All 325
Total All Industries Private 325
Manufacturing Private 325
Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing Private 127
Machine Shops; Turned Product; and Screw, Nut, and Bolt Manufacturing Private 104
Other Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing Private 12
Machinery Manufacturing Private 81
Commercial and Service Industry Machinery Manufacturing Private 27
Engine, Turbine, and Power Transmission Equipment Manufacturing Private 17
Other General Purpose Machinery Manufacturing Private 18
Transportation Equipment Manufacturing Private 80
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing Private 52
Miscellaneous Manufacturing Private 22
Medical Equipment and Supplies Manufacturing Private 13
Educational Requirements for Lathe and Turning Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plasti The typical entry level education for this occupation is a high school diploma or equivalent. In addition, moderate-term on-the-job training is typically needed, once employed, to attain competency in the skills needed in this occupation.
Skills for Lathe and Turning Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plasti
  • Apply Independent Judgment In Assembly Procedures
  • Apply Metal Forming And Shaping Techniques And Processes
  • Apply Protective Coatings
  • Apply Quality Assurance Techniques
  • Apply Robotics Systems Technology
  • Apply Statistical Process Control (Spc)
  • Apply Technical Information To Manufacturing And Industrial Activities
  • File Metal And Plastic
  • Follow Safety Procedures
  • Inspect Components During Manufacturing
  • Maintain Computerized Machines And Equipment
  • Maintain Consistent Quality
  • Maintain Plastic Fabricating Equipment
  • Maneuver Heavy Objects
  • Operate Cnc Machines
  • Operate Cranes, Hoists, Or Mechanical Booms
  • Operate Lathes
  • Operate Machine Tools
  • Operate Precision Measuring Devices, Tools And Equipment
  • Operate Shaping And Forming Machines
  • Operate Specialized Metal Shaping Machines
  • Read And Understand Operating Manuals
  • Read Production Layouts
  • Read Schematics And Specifications
  • Recognize Characteristics Of Metals Or Alloys
  • Recognize Characteristics Of Plastics
  • Set Up Cnc Machines
  • Set Up Machine Tools
  • Set Up Specialized Machines For Metals Manufacturing
  • Solve Machine Tool Problems
  • Sustain Output Levels Of Assembled Items
  • Understand Manufacturing Methods And Techniques
  • Use Algebra
  • Use Basic Mathematics
  • Use Geometry
  • Use Metric System
Schools and Training Providers for Lathe and Turning Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plasti The training providers listed below offer programs related to this occupation. This information is updated once per year. Anyone interested in a particular program should check with the training institution regarding its availability. Listing these training providers does not necessarily constitute or imply their endorsement, recommendation, or favoring by the State of Oregon.

Linn-Benton Community College
6500 Pacific Blvd SW
Albany, OR 97321
Phone: (541) 917-4999
Programs of Training:
Mt Hood Community College
26000 SE Stark St
Gresham, OR 97030
Phone: (503) 491-6422
Programs of Training:
Apprenticeship Division
800 NE Oregon Street, Suite1045
Portland, OR 97232
Phone: (971) 673-0761
Programs of Training:
Clackamas Community College
19600 Molalla Ave
Oregon City, OR 97045-8980
Phone: (503) 657-6958 x2313
Programs of Training:
Portland Community College
12000 SW 49th Avenue
Portland, OR 97219-7132
Phone: (503) 244-6111
Programs of Training:
Career Pathway Roadmaps for Lathe and Turning Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plasti These Oregon community colleges have defined career pathway roadmaps to facilitate entry into this occupation:

Chemeketa Community College
Portland Community College