• Metal and Plastic Cutting, Punching, and Press Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders
  • Manufacturing
  • Annual Median Wage
    $ 34,070
    $24,940 range bar $49,620
    Annual NC Wage Range
    Growth Rate
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    Very Slow Growing
  • Metal and plastic cutting, punching, and press machine setters, operators, and tenders set up, operate, or tend machines to saw, cut, shear, slit, punch, crimp, notch, bend, or straighten metal or plastic material.

What do they typically do

  • Start machines, monitor their operations, and record operational data
  • Use micrometers, gauges, calipers, templates, or rulers to measure completed workpieces to check that they conform to specifications
  • Position, align, and secure workpieces against fixtures or stops on machine beds or on dies
  • Load workpieces, plastic material, or chemical solutions into machines
  • Use gauges, templates, feelers, shims, and hand tools to Install, align, and lock specified fixtures in rams or beds of machines
  • Read work orders or production schedules to determine specifications such as materials to use, locations of cutting lines, or dimensions and tolerances
  • Use gauges and hand tools to test and adjust machine speeds or actions according to product specifications
  • Examine completed workpieces for defects such as chipped edges or marred surfaces, and sort defective pieces by types of flaws

Number of Jobs

Average Annual
Job Growth -0.6%
Job Opening 616

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Education & Training

  • Education

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

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