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Metal Machining Setters and Setter-operators

Job holders in this unit group operate machines to drill, bore, grind, cut, mill or otherwise shape metal workpieces.

More about this Career

Average Salary


New workers start around £15138. Normal pay is £22917 per year. Highly experienced workers can earn up to £35271.



Job counts include both employed and self-employed persons, and do not distinguish between full and part-time jobs.

Daily Tasks

  • 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.

Skills Employers are looking for

Soft Skills

Soft skills are non-technical skills that include how you interact with colleagues, solve problems, and manage your work

  • Active Learning


  • Learning Strategies


  • Monitoring


  • Mathematics


  • Writing


  • Active Listening


  • Reading Comprehension


  • Critical Thinking


  • Speaking


  • Science


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