Cutting, Punching, and Press Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic

Cutting, Punching, and Press Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic

Job Description:

Set up, operate, or tend machines to saw, cut, shear, slit, punch, crimp, notch, bend, or straighten metal or plastic material.

Associated Tasks:

  • Examine completed workpieces for defects, such as chipped edges or marred surfaces and sort defective pieces according to types of flaws.
  • Measure completed workpieces to verify conformance to specifications, using micrometers, gauges, calipers, templates, or rulers.
  • Set stops on machine beds, change dies, and adjust components, such as rams or power presses, when making multiple or successive passes.
  • Start machines, monitor their operations, and record operational data.
  • Set up, operate, or tend machines to saw, cut, shear, slit, punch, crimp, notch, bend, or straighten metal or plastic material.
Salary & Education

Entry Level Earnings: $11.00 and up
Median Hourly Earnings: $16.00 and up
Experienced Earnings: $18.76
Typical Entry Level Education: High school diploma

Job Projections
2017 Jobs 17,276
2022 Jobs 15,700
Average Annual Openings: 1,886 per year
Average Monthly Hires (2017): 704
Job Categories

Machining
Production

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Hard Skills

QuarkXPress Design Software
Brake (Sheet Metal Bending)
Press Brake    
Stamping (Metalworking)     
Tooling