• Metal and Plastic Extruding and Drawing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders
  • Manufacturing
  • Annual Median Wage
    $ 39,390
    $27,240 range bar $52,010
    Annual NC Wage Range
    Growth Rate
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    Very Slow Growing
  • Metal and plastic extruding and drawing machine setters, operators, and tenders set up, operate, or tend machines to extrude or draw thermoplastic or metal materials into tubes, rods, hoses, wire, bars, or structural shapes.

What do they typically do

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

Number of Jobs

Average Annual
Job Growth -0.6%
Job Opening 553

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Equipment Technician, Extruder Operator, Extrusion Operator, Extrusion Press Operator, Machine Operator, Metal Inspector, Setup Operator, Wire Mill Operator, Wire Mill Rover
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Education & Training

  • Education

    These occupations usually require a high school diploma.
    Associated Programs or Majors
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