• Metal and Plastic Multiple Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders
  • Manufacturing
  • Annual Median Wage
    $ 39,990
    $26,230 range bar $61,600
    Annual NC Wage Range
    Growth Rate
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    Moderately Growing
  • Metal and Plastic Multiple Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders set up, operate, or tend more than one type of cutting or forming machine tool or robot.

What do they typically do

  • Start machines and turn handwheels or valves to engage feeding, cooling, and lubricating mechanisms
  • Watch machine operation to identify workpiece defects or machine malfunctions, adjusting machines as necessary
  • Position, adjust, and secure stock material or workpieces against stops, on arbors, or in chucks, fixtures, or automatic feeding mechanisms, manually or using hoists
  • Read blueprints or job orders to determine product specifications and tooling instructions and to plan operational sequences
  • Move controls or mount gears, cams, or templates in machines to set feed rates and cutting speeds, depths, and angles
  • Inspect workpieces for defects, and use rules, templates, or other measuring instruments to measure workpieces to make sure that machine is operating accurately
  • Select, install, and adjust alignment of drills, cutters, dies, guides, and holding devices, using templates, measuring instruments, and hand tools
  • Set up and operate machines like lathes, cutters, shears, borers, millers, grinders, presses, drills, and auxiliary machines to make metallic and plastic workpieces

Number of Jobs

Average Annual
Job Growth +1.0%
Job Openings 494

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Education & Training

  • Education

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