• Metal and Plastic Milling and Planing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders
  • Manufacturing
  • Annual Median Wage
    $ 33,840
    $26,510 range bar $54,770
    Annual NC Wage Range
    Growth Rate
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    Very Slow Growing
  • Metal and Plastic Milling and Planing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders set up, operate, or tend milling or planing machines to mill, plane, shape, groove, or profile metal or plastic work pieces.

What do they typically do

  • Move controls to set cutting specifications, to position cutting tools and workpieces in relation to each other, and to start machines
  • Remove workpieces from machines and measure them to make sure that they conform to specifications
  • Select cutting speeds, feed rates, and depths of cuts, applying knowledge of metal properties and shop mathematics
  • Study blueprints, layouts, sketches, or work orders to understand specifications and decide how to proceed
  • Check alignment of workpieces on machines, using measuring instruments such as rules, gauges, or calipers
  • Position and secure workpieces on machines, using holding devices, measuring instruments, hand tools, and hoists
  • Compute dimensions, tolerances, and angles of workpieces or machines, according to specifications
  • Observe milling or planing machine operation and adjust controls to make sure they conform to specified tolerances

Number of Jobs

Average Annual
Job Growth -1.4%
Job Openings 52

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Education & Training

  • Education

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