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Extruding, Forming, Pressing, and Compacting Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders

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Set up, operate, or tend machines, such as glass forming machines, plodder machines, and tuber machines, to shape and form products, such as glassware, food, rubber, soap, brick, tile, clay, wax, tobacco, or cosmetics.

    Work Activities
    • Adjust machine components to regulate speeds, pressures, and temperatures, and amounts, dimensions, and flow of materials or ingredients.
    • Press control buttons to activate machinery and equipment.
    • Examine, measure, and weigh materials or products to verify conformance to standards, using measuring devices such as templates, micrometers, or scales.
    • Activate machines to shape or form products, such as candy bars, light bulbs, balloons, or insulation panels.
    • Monitor machine operations and observe lights and gauges to detect malfunctions.
    • Clear jams, and remove defective or substandard materials or products.
    • Notify supervisors when extruded filaments fail to meet standards.
    • Record and maintain production data, such as meter readings, and quantities, types, and dimensions of materials produced.
    • Select and install machine components, such as dies, molds, and cutters, according to specifications, using hand tools and measuring devices.
    • Review work orders, specifications, or instructions to determine materials, ingredients, procedures, components, settings, and adjustments for extruding, forming, pressing, or compacting machines.
    • Turn controls to adjust machine functions, such as regulating air pressure, creating vacuums, and adjusting coolant flow.
    • Clean dies, arbors, compression chambers, and molds, using swabs, sponges, or air hoses.
    • Send product samples to laboratories for analysis.
    • Synchronize speeds of sections of machines when producing products involving several steps or processes.
    • Couple air and gas lines to machines to maintain plasticity of material and to regulate solidification of final products.
    • Pour, scoop, or dump specified ingredients, metal assemblies, or mixtures into sections of machine prior to starting machines.
    • Measure, mix, cut, shape, soften, and join materials and ingredients, such as powder, cornmeal, or rubber to prepare them for machine processing.
    • Remove materials or products from molds or from extruding, forming, pressing, or compacting machines, and stack or store them for additional processing.
    • Feed products into machines by hand or conveyor.
    • Measure arbors and dies to verify sizes specified on work tickets.
    • Thread extruded strips through water tanks and hold-down bars, or attach strands to wires and draw them through tubes.
    • Move materials, supplies, components, and finished products between storage and work areas, using work aids such as racks, hoists, and handtrucks.
    • Complete work tickets, and place them with products.
    • Disassemble equipment to repair it or to replace parts, such as nozzles, punches, and filters.
    • Remove molds, mold components, and feeder tubes from machinery after production is complete.
    • Swab molds with solutions to prevent products from sticking.
    • Ignite burners to preheat products, or use torches to apply heat.
    • Install, align, and adjust neck rings, press plungers, and feeder tubes.
    Skills
    • Operation and Control

      Controlling operations of equipment or systems.

    • Operation Monitoring

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

    • Monitoring

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

    WorkKeys®
    Applied Math
    4
    Workplace Documents
    4
    Graphic Literacy
    4
    Abilities
    • Perceptual Speed

      The ability to quickly and accurately compare similarities and differences among sets of letters, numbers, objects, pictures, or patterns. The things to be compared may be presented at the same time or one after the other. This ability also includes comparing a presented object with a remembered object.

    • Rate Control

      The ability to time your movements or the movement of a piece of equipment in anticipation of changes in the speed and/or direction of a moving object or scene.

    • Reaction Time

      The ability to quickly respond (with the hand, finger, or foot) to a signal (sound, light, picture) when it appears.

    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.

    • Mechanical

      Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.

    • Computers and Electronics

      Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

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    Pay
    • Ohio Annual Salary $32,600/yr
    • Typical Salary
    • Ohio Hourly Wage $15.67/hr
    • Typical Hourly Wage
    Ohio Employment Trends
    • Currently Employed 6,990
    • Yearly Projected Openings 720
    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
    • Dependability
    • Cooperation
    • Initiative
    • Self Control
    • Adaptability/Flexibility
    Tools
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    • Extruders
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    Tags
    • InDemand occupations are considered a priority by the state of Ohio.
    • Apprenticeships are available for this occupation. These programs can help you get hands-on experience and build your skills.