Also known as Bore Mill Operator, Computer Numerical Control Drilling Operator (CNC Drilling Operator), Drill Operator, Drill Press Operator, Drill Setup Operator, Driller, Machine Operator, Machinist, Punch Operator, Radial Drill Operator
Also known as Bore Mill Operator, Computer Numerical Control Drilling Operator (CNC Drilling Operator), Drill Operator
Drill Press Operators set up, operate, or tend drilling machines to drill, bore, ream, mill, or countersink metal or plastic work pieces.
Drill Press Operators are often responsible for overseeing or executing some or all of the following tasks:
The above responsibilities are specific to Drill Press Operators. More generally, Drill Press Operators are involved in several broader types of activities:
The median salary for a Drill Press Operator is $39,780, and the average salary is $42,800. Both the median and average roughly describe the middle of the Drill Press Operator salary range, but the average is more easily affected by extremely high or low salaries.
Many Drill Press Operators earn significantly more or less than the average, due to several factors. About 10% of Drill Press Operators earn less than $27,300 per year, 25% earn less than $32,310, 75% earn less than $51,050, and 90% earn less than $63,320.
Between the years of 2020 and 2030, the number of Drill Press Operators is expected to change by -15.4%, and there should be roughly 700 open positions for Drill Press Operators every year.
Career interests describe a person's preferences for different types of working environments and activities. When a person's interest match the demands of an occupation, people are usually more engaged and satisfied in that role.
Compared to most occupations, those who work as a Drill Press Operator are usually higher in their Realistic, Conventional, and Investigative interests.
Drill Press Operators typically have very strong Realistic interests. Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others.
Also, Drill Press Operators typically have strong Conventional interests. Conventional occupations frequently involve following set procedures and routines. These occupations can include working with data and details more than with ideas. Usually there is a clear line of authority to follow.
Lastly, Drill Press Operators typically have moderate Investigative interests. Investigative occupations frequently involve working with ideas, and require an extensive amount of thinking. These occupations can involve searching for facts and figuring out problems mentally.
People differ in their values, or what is most important to them for building job satisfaction and fulfillment.
Compared to most people, those working as a Drill Press Operator tend to value Support, Relationships, and Working Conditions.
Most importantly, Drill Press Operators moderately value Support. Occupations that satisfy this work value offer supportive management that stands behind employees.
Second, Drill Press Operators moderately value Relationships. Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to provide service to others and work with co-workers in a friendly non-competitive environment.
Lastly, Drill Press Operators moderately value Working Conditions. Occupations that satisfy this work value offer job security and good working conditions.
Each occupation brings its own set of psychological demands, which describe the characteristics necessary to perform the job well.
In order to perform their job successfully, people who work as Drill Press Operators must consistently demonstrate qualities such as attention to detail, dependability, and integrity.
Below, you'll find a list of qualities typically required of Drill Press Operators, ranked by importance:
Working as a Drill Press Operator usually requires a high school diploma.
Drill Press Operators need anywhere from a few months to one year of working with experienced employees. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with this occupation.
Drill Press Operators may benefit from understanding of specialized subject areas, such as mechanical, mathematics, or production and processing knowledge.
The list below shows several areas in which most Drill Press Operators might want to build proficiency, ranked by importance.
Drill Press Operators must develop a particular set of abilities to perform their job well. Abilities are individual capacities that influence a person's information processing, sensory perception, motor coordination, and physical strength or endurance. Individuals may naturally have certain abilities without explicit training, but most abilities can be sharpened somewhat through practice.
For example, Drill Press Operators need abilities such as near vision, arm-hand steadiness, and control precision in order to perform their job at a high level. The list below shows several important abilities for Drill Press Operators, ranked by their relative importance.
Skills are developed capacities that enable people to function effectively in real-world settings. Unlike abilities, skills are typically easier to build through practice and experience. Skills influence effectiveness in areas such as learning, working with others, design, troubleshooting, and more.
Drill Press Operators frequently use skills like operations monitoring, operation and control, and monitoring to perform their job effectively. The list below shows several critical skills for Drill Press Operators, ranked by their relative importance.
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