Who are they and what do they do? The metal turner's job is to machine rotating parts.
What are the activities of the job? Reading and using drawings and other supporting documents, and working out how to do the job: i.e. selection of speed, tools and materials, fixing tools and work pieces, adjusting machine tools, machining rotating parts to various shapes and surfaces to specified dimensions, accuracy and surface finishes, machine thread-cutting, maintenance and handling of machine tools.
Where is it done and under what conditions? In workshops and factories of general engineering companies or smaller manufacturers and service organisations, where there may be noise, grease and other dirt in the working environment.
What tools/equipment do they use? Conventional and numerically controlled lathes, turret lathes, boring machines, and other machines including, at times, automated manufacturing units, hand tools for normal maintenance work and their own hands. The materials processed are various metals.
What do you need to succeed? You need education/training to skilled craft level, spatial imagination, accuracy, technical imagination, accuracy and fast reactions.