Multiple Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic

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About the Job

Set up, operate, or tend more than one type of cutting or forming machine tool or robot.

It is also Called

  • Automatic Wheel-Line Operator
  • Ballistics Laboratory Gunsmith
  • Cell Technician
  • Centrifugal Control Switch Machine Operator
  • CNC Machine Setter (Computer Numerically Controlled Machine Setter)
  • CNC Machinist (Computer Numerically Controlled Machinist)
  • CNC Operator (Computer Numerically Controlled Operator)
  • Combination Machine Tool Operator
  • Combination Machine Tool Setter
  • Die Setter
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What They Do

  • Observe machine operation to detect workpiece defects or machine malfunctions, adjusting machines as necessary.
  • Set up and operate machines, such as lathes, cutters, shears, borers, millers, grinders, presses, drills, and auxiliary machines, to make metallic and plastic workpieces.
  • Inspect workpieces for defects, and measure workpieces to determine accuracy of machine operation, using rules, templates, or other measuring instruments.
  • Read blueprints or job orders to determine product specifications and tooling instructions and to plan operational sequences.
  • Start machines and turn handwheels or valves to engage feeding, cooling, and lubricating mechanisms.
  • Select, install, and adjust alignment of drills, cutters, dies, guides, and holding devices, using templates, measuring instruments, and hand tools.
  • Move controls or mount gears, cams, or templates in machines to set feed rates and cutting speeds, depths, and angles.
  • Position, adjust, and secure stock material or workpieces against stops, on arbors, or in chucks, fixtures, or automatic feeding mechanisms, manually or using hoists.
  • Set machine stops or guides to specified lengths as indicated by scales, rules, or templates.
  • Perform minor machine maintenance, such as oiling or cleaning machines, dies, or workpieces, or adding coolant to machine reservoirs.

Interests

People who work in this occupation generally have the interest code: R.

This means people who work in this occupation generally have Realistic interests.

Work Values

People who work in this occupation generally prize Support, but also value Relationships and Working Conditions in their jobs.

Things They Need to Know

  • Mechanical - Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
  • Production and Processing - Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.
  • Design - Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
  • Engineering and Technology - Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.

Things They Need to Be Able to Do

  • Operation Monitoring - Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
  • Quality Control Analysis - Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.
  • Operation and Control - Controlling operations of equipment or systems.
  • Troubleshooting - Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

Education Required

These occupations usually require a high school diploma.

Wages

In 2017, the average annual wage in Ohio was $36,710 with most people making between $23,180 and $53,020

Outlook

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avg. annual growth

During 2012, this occupation employed approximately 9,740 people in Ohio. It is projected that there will be 8,670 employed in 2022.

This occupation will have about 0 openings due to growth and about 190 replacement openings for approximately 190 total annual openings.

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