Metal machining setter or setter-operator
- Instructs operators on the safe and correct method of operation of the machine.
- Repositions workpiece, changes tools and resets machine as necessary during production run.
- Operates automatic or manual controls to feed tool to workpiece or vice versa and checks accuracy of machining.
- Sets machine controls for rotation speeds, depth of cut and stroke, and adjusts machine table, stops and guides.
- Selects and fixes work-holding devices and appropriate cutting, shaping, grinding and/or forming tools.
- Examines drawings and specifications to determine appropriate method, sequence of operations and machine setting.
Typical Education Level
Level 3 NVQ; A Levels
Will retirement created job openings
In the UK, 24% in this profession are aged 55 or above.* They will likely retire in the next 10 years, creating a demand for new workers
*This is based on national data
Average annual earnings
The current average wage for metal machining setter or setter-operator is £25,721
The number of jobs in the career for the current year is 1,652. Job counts include both employed and self-employed persons, and do not distinguish between full- and part-time jobs.
Over the past year, jobs have been posted for metal machining setter or setter-operator roles.
How well does it pay?
Normal pay for this occupation is £25,721 per year. That is about £2,143 per month or £13.19 per hour. New workers generally start on £18,230, while highly experienced workers can earn as much as £42,473
Is it growing or declining?
This career has remained the same over the last 2 years, and is expected to remain the same over the next 4 years. Currently, 1,652 people are employed in the region.