Set up, operate, or tend drilling machines to drill, bore, ream, mill, or countersink metal or plastic work pieces.

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


  • Measure dimensions of completed products or workpieces to verify conformance to specifications.
  • Study blueprints or other instructions to determine equipment setup requirements.
  • Read work orders or other instructions to determine product specifications or materials requirements.
  • Review blueprints or other instructions to determine operational methods or sequences.
  • Replace worn equipment components.
  • Set equipment controls to meet cutting specifications.
  • Mount attachments or tools onto production equipment.
  • Drill holes in parts, equipment, or materials.
  • Draw guide lines or markings on materials or workpieces using patterns or other references.
  • Mount materials or workpieces onto production equipment.
  • Watch operating equipment to detect malfunctions.
  • Signal others to coordinate work activities.
  • Lift materials or workpieces using cranes or other lifting equipment.
  • Align parts or workpieces to ensure proper assembly.
  • Adjust equipment controls to regulate coolant flow.
  • Assemble metal or plastic parts or products.
  • Sharpen cutting or grinding tools.
  • Operate grinding equipment.


  • Operations Monitoring – Watching gauges, dials, or display screens to make sure a machine is working.


Education Requirements

  • Education: High School Diploma or Equal
  • Experience: None
  • Training: 1 to 12 Months - On The Job


  • Mechanical – Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
  • Mathematics – Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.


  • Arm-Hand Steadiness – Keeping your arm or hand steady.
  • Near Vision – Seeing details up close.
  • Control Precision – Quickly changing the controls of a machine, car, truck or boat.

Pathway Job Market and Predictions - Connecticut

Future Job Opportunities: Below Average
Typical Wages
Local National
10% $27,500 $27,300
25% $31,060 $32,310
Median $43,490 $39,780
75% $59,040 $51,050
90% $74,540 $63,320

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