Ron-- The role of a manual lathe in today's shop is normal as a support device. Ususally a one of a kind cylindrical part. It may have itght bores, MS Ports, snap ring or oil grooves inside or outside. The lathe maybe used for reworking a part that does not meet specs. It may be used for repairing a worn out part. In any case, someone with manual lathe experience is still a valuable employee.