Lathe Machinist

CNC Lathe Machine Operator


Lathe Operator

Minimum ? 8th

Certified training for Lathe Operator (programme aligned to ASC/Q 1901 released by Automotive Skill Development Council)

Not applicable

The tasks a Lathe Operator is expected to perform include:Setting up, operating and monitoring lathe machines

Shaping or threading wire, rod or bar stock

Studying blueprints and tooling instructions for maximum efficiency

Performing machine maintenance

Knowledge of operating procedures for performing operations related to the lathe machine

Knowledge of adjusting the rotating speed, cutting depth and sending speed of the lathe machine

Familiarity with the protection of lathe parts from damage during loading and set-up

Familiarity with the operation of forklift or lifting devices

Proficiency in positioning, securing and aligning cutting tools in tool holders on machines

Proficiency in replacing worn tools and sharpening dull cutting tools and dies

Manual dexterity

Ability to retest and modify the lathe machine programme to enhance efficiency

ASDC Lather Operator certificate holder or Graduate Degree/Diploma in any discipline



Co-ordination skills


It is a not desk job

May need to handle a team of Mechanics

Local travelling maybe part of this job role

Part-time work and contractual jobs are available

Work from home option is not available

Working hours

Working is 8/9 hours everyday and 5/6 days a week

Shift system maybe available

Is the job suitable for a candidate with special needs?No

This job is considered mildly hazardous or dangerous

One may develop occupational hazards like cuts, bruises, and serious injuries including amputation, damage to eyes, blood tissues, etc.

Health risks include exposure to metal particles, vibrations, etc.

For freshers -INR8,000 toINR9,000 per month

For candidates with 1-2 years of experience -INR9,000 toINR10,000 per month

(These figures are indicative and subject to change)

Increasing Demand for CNC Machines in India

In keeping with the current trends, and emerging demand, the Computer Numerical Control (CNC) segment could be the driver of growth for the machine tools industry in India. Some commonly used metal cutting machines include Electrical Discharge Machining Systems (EDMS), machining centres, lathes and automats, boring, milling, drilling, grinding, honing and polishing machines, total NC machines and so on. Lathes and automats, electro-discharge machines, drilling machines, and machining centres formed the bulk of export orders for Indian manufacturers. These machines from India are generally favoured in overseas markets primarily due to their cost competitiveness as compared to those available elsewhere.

The government is targeting increasing the share of manufacturing in GDP from 16% currently to around 25% by 2020. The Indian machine tool industry is still looking at manufacturing as the next big wave. Partly, this is due to the realization that the country?s demand and consumption trajectory has reached the global scale for many manufactured goods. Partly, it is the result of increasing confidence and global acquisitions by both large-and medium-sized Indian manufacturing groups. In certain skill-intensive segments of manufacturing, it is now believed that India can emerge as a leading global participant on the back of its technically skilled labour and the entrepreneurial abilities of its managers. This means there will be an increase in job opportunities for Lathe Operators.

Automobile companies

Cities across India