Multiple Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic

Set up, operate, or tend more than one type of cutting or forming machine tool or robot.

Median Annual Wage: $34,140

Education: High school diploma or equivalent (56%); Post-secondary certificate (25%); Less than high school diploma (16%)

Projected Growth: Decline (-3% or lower)

Related Job Titles: Machine Operator; Operator; Die Setter; Cell Technician; CNC Operator (Computer Numerically Controlled Operator); Machinist; Machine Technician; Set-Up Person; CNC Machinist (Computer Numerically Controlled Machinist); CNC Machine Setter (Computer Numerically Controlled Machine Setter)

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  • Set up and operate machines, such as lathes, cutters, shears, borers, millers, grinders, presses, drills, and auxiliary machines, to make metallic and plastic workpieces.
  • Inspect workpieces for defects, and measure workpieces to determine accuracy of machine operation, using rules, templates, or other measuring instruments.
  • Read blueprints or job orders to determine product specifications and tooling instructions and to plan operational sequences.
  • Start machines and turn handwheels or valves to engage feeding, cooling, and lubricating mechanisms.
  • Select, install, and adjust alignment of drills, cutters, dies, guides, and holding devices, using templates, measuring instruments, and hand tools.
  • Move controls or mount gears, cams, or templates in machines to set feed rates and cutting speeds, depths, and angles.
  • Position, adjust, and secure stock material or workpieces against stops, on arbors, or in chucks, fixtures, or automatic feeding mechanisms, manually or using hoists.
  • Perform minor machine maintenance, such as oiling or cleaning machines, dies, or workpieces, or adding coolant to machine reservoirs.
  • Set machine stops or guides to specified lengths as indicated by scales, rules, or templates.
  • Measure and mark reference points and cutting lines on workpieces, using traced templates, compasses, and rules.
  • Compute data such as gear dimensions and machine settings, applying knowledge of shop mathematics.
  • Instruct other workers in machine set-up and operation.
  • Change worn machine accessories, such as cutting tools and brushes, using hand tools.
  • Make minor electrical and mechanical repairs and adjustments to machines and notify supervisors when major service is required.
  • Extract or lift jammed pieces from machines, using fingers, wire hooks, or lift bars.
  • Record operational data such as pressure readings, lengths of strokes, feed rates, and speeds.

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  • Quality Control Analysis - Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.
  • Operation and Control - Controlling operations of equipment or systems.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Troubleshooting - Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
  • Equipment Maintenance - Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Coordination - Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

Source: O*NET OnLine information for Multiple Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic.

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