• Extruding, Forming, Pressing, and Compacting Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders
  • Manufacturing
  • Annual Median Wage
    $ 35,760
    $26,830 range bar $53,000
    Annual NC Wage Range
    Growth Rate
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    Very Slow Growing
  • Extruding, forming, pressing, and compacting machine setters, operators, and tenders set up, operate, or tend machines to shape and form products like glassware, food, rubber, soap, brick, tile, clay, wax, tobacco, or cosmetics.

What do they typically do

  • Turn controls to adjust machine functions, such as regulating air pressure, creating vacuums, and adjusting coolant flow
  • Adjust machine components to regulate speeds, pressures, and temperatures, and amounts, dimensions, and flow of materials or ingredients
  • Record and maintain production data such as meter readings, and quantities, types, and dimensions of produced materials
  • Press control buttons to start machinery and equipment
  • Select and install machine components using hand tools and measuring devices
  • Monitor machine operations and watch lights and gauges to detect malfunctions
  • Review work orders, specifications, or instructions to identify whats needed to extrude, form, press or compact materials
  • Use measuring devices like templates, micrometers, or scales to examine, measure, and weigh materials or products to make sure they meet standards

Number of Jobs

Average Annual
Job Growth -0.5%
Job Opening 446

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Education & Training

  • Education

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