A drill press operator is someone who sets up, operates, or tends drilling machines to drill, bore, ream, mill, or countersink metal or plastic work pieces. There’s no end to the possible products drill press operators can help create. From trampoline supports to automotive parts to shelving units, the operator pre-drills the holes that later receive bolts, rods, or other components when the product is constructed.
What does a Drill Press Operator do?
Various skills and duties of a drill press operator:
Study machining instructions, job orders, or blueprints to determine tooling requirements
Verify machined work to specifications, using calipers, micrometers, or gauges
Change worn cutting tools
Sharpen cutting tools, using bench grinders
Operate tracing attachments to duplicate contours from templates or models
Select and set cutting speeds, feed rates, depths of cuts, and cutting tools
Move machine controls to feed tools into workpiece, and engage automatic feed
Observe drilling or boring machine operations to detect any problems
Lift workpiece manually or with hoist; position and secure it on machine table in drilling jig or holding fixture
Position and secure workpieces on tables, using bolts, jigs, clamps, shims, or other holding devices
Direct flow of coolants or cutting oil over cutting areas
Establish zero reference points on workpieces
Fasten parts with nuts, bolts, or screws, using power tools or hand tools
Verify that workpiece reference lines are parallel to the axis of table rotation, using dial indicators mounted in spindles
Operate single- or multiple-spindle drill presses to bore holes so that machining operations can be performed on metal or plastic workpieces
Lay out reference lines and machining locations on work, using layout tools
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What is the workplace of a Drill Press Operator like?
A drill press operator may work in hot/cold conditions, and may also be exposed to loud noise from nearby machinery. The majority of work will be done in a factory like setting; care must be taken to follow safety guidelines. The operator may be required to lift up to fifty pounds or more, and normal job duties may require some bending, sitting, standing/stooping for certain periods of time.
A drilling machine comes in many shapes and sizes, from small hand-held power drills to bench mounted and finally floor-mounted models. They can perform operations other than drilling, such as countersinking, counterboring, reaming, and tapping large or small holes.