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Date: 05/08/01 at 12:26 PM
Posted by: Mark Costello
In Reply to: Turning-final questions!! posted by Ron on 05/02/01 at 5:00 AM:
hello, here in the good old U.S.of A. we don't usually have a description of turner- lathe operator, perhaps. So i'll take a try at this-hope i'm right. lathe operator means they run a lathe, first class machinist sounds like they would do all aspects of a job, including lathes,vertical lathes,grinders (i.d+o.d.) milling machines of various sorts, etc. First class machinist sounds like a lot more experience needed. In another respect the job dictates what you will do and learn because job requirements vary from company to company. A lathe operator at one company might do more or less than another company. Hardest parts to make? Well complexity adds to the general headache of a paticular job, so does tight tolerances, hardness and toughness of material adds a lot sometimes, and last but not least deadlines mean a bunch also. Years to develope a skill- i have 10 yrs. as a machinist, employed in another craft at present,but have a repair shop as a part time hobby. I am still learning and expect to do so the rest of my life as things change Hope this helps you out, if you arethinking of this trade all you can do is give it a try and see what happens, to me its fascinating to cut metal and make a part i've designed and get it too work right(sometimes better than new).
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