Extruding and Drawing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic

Extruding and Drawing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic

Job Description:

Set up, operate, or tend machines to extrude or draw thermoplastic or metal materials into tubes, rods, hoses, wire, bars, or structural shapes.

Associated Tasks:

  • Measure and examine extruded products to locate defects and to check for conformance to specifications, adjusting controls as necessary to alter products.
  • Determine setup procedures and select machine dies and parts, according to specifications.
  • Install dies, machine screws, and sizing rings on machines that extrude thermoplastic or metal materials.
  • Change dies on extruding machines according to production line changes.
  • Start machines and set controls to regulate vacuum, air pressure, sizing rings, and temperature, and to synchronize speed of extrusion.
  • Replace worn dies when products vary from specifications.
  • Reel extruded products into rolls of specified lengths and weights.
  • Troubleshoot, maintain, and make minor repairs to equipment.
  • Clean work areas.
  • Adjust controls to draw or press metal into specified shapes and diameters.
Salary & Education

Entry Level Earnings: $11.50 and up
Median Hourly Earnings: $16.00 and up
Experienced Earnings: $19.40
Typical Entry Level Education: High school diploma

Job Projections
2017 Jobs 6,341
2022 Jobs 5,780
Average Annual Openings: 624 per year
Average Monthly Hires (2017): 214
Job Categories

Machining
Production

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Hard Skills

Packaging And Labeling         
Material Handling      
Forklift Truck  
Labeling        
Plastic Materials