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

Job Description:

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

Associated Tasks:

  • Observe machine operation to detect workpiece defects or machine malfunctions, adjusting machines as necessary.
  • 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.
  • Set machine stops or guides to specified lengths as indicated by scales, rules, or templates.
  • Perform minor machine maintenance, such as oiling or cleaning machines, dies, or workpieces, or adding coolant to machine reservoirs.
Salary & Education

Entry Level Earnings: $12.00 and up
Median Hourly Earnings: $18.00 and up
Experienced Earnings: $19.56
Typical Entry Level Education: High school diploma

Job Projections
2017 Jobs 13,787
2022 Jobs 13,778
Average Annual Openings: 1,551 per year
Average Monthly Hires (2017): 522
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