Need to Hire Lathe Operators?

RSS is Your Source for Lathe Operators 

RSS specializes in connecting businesses with highly skilled lathe operators for temporary or project-based staffing needs. With decades of staffing experience, we understand how vital lathe operators are to the production process, directly impacting the quality of finished products and overall operational efficiency.

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Lathe Operator Staffing

Finding the right temporary lathe operator involves several challenges. Firstly, there’s the issue of finding candidates with the appropriate skill level and experience. Additionally, companies must navigate the logistical hurdles of hiring, such as conducting interviews, verifying qualifications, and ensuring compliance with safety regulations and labor laws. These processes can be time-consuming and resource-intensive, diverting valuable resources away from core business activities.

Whether you’re facing seasonal peaks, project-specific demands, or temporary staff shortages, we’re here to provide you with the talent you need to keep your operations running smoothly.

Experienced Lathe Operators - CNC Machines or Manual

Our lathe operators are vetted professionals with experience in handling a wide range of lathes, ensuring precision and quality in your production processes. From metalworking to woodworking lathes, our talent pool is equipped to meet your specific requirements.

Positions We Fill

Lathe Operator

Manual Lathe Operator

CNC Lathe Machinist

CNC Lathe Operator

Discover The RSS Difference 

Vetted Talent Pool: RSS maintains a comprehensive database of skilled workers, each vetted for their qualifications, experience, and reliability. This pre-screening process ensures that companies have access to a pool of candidates ready to meet their specific requirements.

Efficient Matching: Our recruiters quickly identify and recommend candidates that best fit a company’s specific needs, significantly reducing the time and effort involved in sourcing and vetting potential hires.

Compliance and Onboarding: Understanding the importance of compliance with industry standards and regulations, RSS facilitates the onboarding process, ensuring that all temporary hires are compliant with safety and labor laws. This includes handling necessary paperwork and certifications, allowing companies to focus on their core operations.

Flexible Solutions: Whether a company needs a lathe operator for a short-term project, seasonal peak, or to cover a temporary absence, RSS provides flexible staffing solutions that can be tailored to meet varying timeframes and project scopes.

Support and Communication: Throughout the hiring process, our staff offers continuous support and clear communication, ensuring that companies and temporary hires alike are fully informed and supported from the initial match through to the completion of the assignment.

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Don’t let staffing challenges slow down your production. Let us connect you with the skilled lathe operators you need to keep your projects on track.


Client Testimonials

Anthony M Smith, UNFI

“UNFI was at the forefront of what was going to become not only a business hurdle but a national pandemic. I was faced with multiple union strikes and staffing shortages around the United States. Upon notification of my first strike (walk-out) RSS was able to provide within 48-72 hours all the support necessary to get the distribution center up and running and on-time to customers. The customers stated that the replacement workers were better than the regular workforce.

I can not tell you how much I appreciated the support you and your team was able to provide when we were faced with a national emergency.”

Regional Vice President, U.S. largest food distributor

“I wanted to reach out and thank you for the support provided. This was new territory for our management team. When it came to contingency drivers, your team stepped up in a very significant way during a very troubling time for our distribution center. Not only were you there for us, but you proved to be extremely fast and flexible with filling our needs in under 48 hours notice. Your onsite management of your driver contingency team was the exact partnership we needed to ensure we could focus our time on our customers.”

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a Lathe Operator?

A lathe operator is a skilled worker who operates a lathe machine, which is a tool used to shape material such as metal, wood, or plastic. The lathe rotates the workpiece around a stationary cutting tool to perform various operations including cutting, sanding, knurling, drilling, and deformation, producing symmetrical objects with precise dimensions.


What responsibilities does a Lathe Operator have?

The responsibilities of a lathe operator include:

Setting up the lathe machine: This involves preparing the machine for the specific task, including selecting and installing the appropriate tools and fixtures and adjusting the machine settings like speed and feed rate.

Operating the machine: The operator must carefully control the lathe to shape the workpiece according to specifications. This requires a steady hand and an eye for detail, as well as the ability to adjust in real-time to achieve the desired outcome.

Reading and interpreting blueprints or drawings: Lathe operators must understand technical drawings and specifications to produce parts accurately. This includes knowing how to measure dimensions and tolerances to ensure the finished product meets the required standards.

Performing maintenance and troubleshooting: Regular maintenance is necessary to keep the lathe in good working condition. Operators are often responsible for basic troubleshooting and repairs, as well as routine tasks like lubrication and cleaning.

Quality control: After machining, operators must inspect and measure the finished parts to ensure they meet all specifications. This may involve using precision measuring instruments such as micrometers and calipers.


Where do Lathe Operators work?

Lathe operators are employed in various industries, including manufacturing, automotive, aerospace, and woodworking. The role requires technical knowledge, mechanical aptitude, and the ability to work with precision. Depending on the industry and specific job, a lathe operator might work with a range of lathe types, from manual lathes to advanced CNC (Computer Numerical Control) machines, which offer greater precision and are controlled by computer programs.

Do Lathe Operators need a license?

Whether lathe operators need licenses largely depends on the country, state, or specific industry regulations where they are employed. Generally, formal licensing is not required for lathe operators across most jurisdictions. However, employers typically require certain training and certification to ensure that operators have the necessary skills and knowledge to perform their duties safely and effectively.

Training and Certification

On-the-Job Training: Many lathe operators start with on-the-job training, where they learn the basics of lathe operation under the supervision of experienced operators. This hands-on experience is crucial for developing the practical skills to operate lathes safely and efficiently.

Technical or Vocational Schools: Some lathe operators may complete programs in machine shop technology or a related field offered by technical or vocational schools. These programs often cover machining techniques, including lathe operation, and may lead to a diploma or certificate.

Apprenticeships: Apprenticeship programs combine on-the-job training with classroom instruction, allowing aspiring lathe operators to earn while they learn. These programs can last several years and provide comprehensive training in machining practices.

Certifications: While not always mandatory, obtaining certifications can demonstrate a lathe operator’s proficiency and commitment to professional development. Organizations like the National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS) in the United States offer certifications that are recognized across the industry. These certifications can be beneficial for career advancement and may be preferred by some employers.

Safety Training
Safety training is another critical component of a lathe operator’s education, especially when working with potentially dangerous machinery. Employers are typically required to provide safety training in line with Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) standards or equivalent regulations in other countries. This training covers personal protective equipment (PPE), safe operation practices, and emergency procedures.

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