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Extruding and Forming Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Synthetic and Glass Fibers

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Set up, operate, or tend machines that extrude and form continuous filaments from synthetic materials, such as liquid polymer, rayon, and fiberglass.

    Work Activities
    • Set up, operate, or tend machines that extrude and form filaments from synthetic materials such as rayon, fiberglass, or liquid polymers.
    • Press buttons to stop machines when processes are complete or when malfunctions are detected.
    • Notify other workers of defects, and direct them to adjust extruding and forming machines.
    • Observe flow of finish across finish rollers, and turn valves to adjust flow to specifications.
    • Observe machine operations, control boards, and gauges to detect malfunctions such as clogged bushings and defective binder applicators.
    • Remove polymer deposits from spinnerettes and equipment, using silicone spray, brass chisels, and bronze-wool pads.
    • Load materials into extruding and forming machines, using hand tools, and adjust feed mechanisms to set feed rates.
    • Press metering-pump buttons and turn valves to stop flow of polymers.
    • Record operational data on tags, and attach tags to machines.
    • Move controls to activate and adjust extruding and forming machines.
    • Start metering pumps and observe operation of machines and equipment to ensure continuous flow of filaments extruded through spinnerettes and to detect processing defects.
    • Remove excess, entangled, or completed filaments from machines, using hand tools.
    • Record details of machine malfunctions.
    • Wipe finish rollers with cloths and wash finish trays with water when necessary.
    • Clean and maintain extruding and forming machines, using hand tools.
    • Lower pans inside cabinets to catch molten filaments until flow of polymer through packs has stopped.
    • Open cabinet doors to cut multifilament threadlines away from guides, using scissors.
    Skills
    • Operation Monitoring

      Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.

    • Operation and Control

      Controlling operations of equipment or systems.

    • Monitoring

      Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

    WorkKeys®
    Applied Math
    3
    Workplace Documents
    4
    Graphic Literacy
    4
    Abilities
    • Control Precision

      The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.

    • Problem Sensitivity

      The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.

    • Near Vision

      The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).

    Knowledge
    • Production and Processing

      Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.

    • English Language

      Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

    • Education and Training

      Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

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    Pay
    • Ohio Annual Salary $35,350/yr
    • Typical Salary
    • Ohio Hourly Wage $17.00/hr
    • Typical Hourly Wage
    Ohio Employment Trends
    • Currently Employed 750
    • Yearly Projected Openings 80
    Typical Education
    Personality
    Realistic: People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They do well at jobs that need:
    • Attention to Detail
    • Self Control
    • Integrity
    • Dependability
    • Cooperation
    • Persistence
    Tools
    • Thread unravelling machine
    • Micrometers
    • Extruders
    • Conveyor feeders
    • Blowers or dryers
    Technology
    • Spreadsheet software
    • Industrial control software