In Reply to: Re: Turner/lathe operator experience! posted by Ron on 05/15/01 at 10:53 AM:
An inexperienced Turner would execute very simple tasks like turning and OD or ID. Perhaps Boring a hole and or making grooves. As more experience is gained he will start to do the setting of the machine starting with simple operations and progressing to more complex setups.
If you take a Turner that has twenty years experience, I would expect him/her (can't discriminate here) to be able to machine a complex part holding very tight tolerances. Also he would be able to make any tool that is needed as well as plan the job from start to finish including any fixturing required. He must also be able to specify any outside processing that is required such as heat treating, plating, etc.
A competent Turner must be able to do any kind of mechanical inspection using any special tools required to perform complex layout inspection procedures. Also, a good turner could quote the job for a customer.
As a Turner gains experience he is schooled in using other machining equipment other than lathes such as manual mills, routers, planners, and possibly even welders and EDM machines.
After 30 years in the business, I'm still learning new techniques and old tricks. I guess that's why we stay with it because it never gets boring.