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Cutting, Punching, and Press Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic

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Set up, operate, or tend machines to saw, cut, shear, slit, punch, crimp, notch, bend, or straighten metal or plastic material.

    Work Activities
    • Measure completed workpieces to verify conformance to specifications, using micrometers, gauges, calipers, templates, or rulers.
    • Examine completed workpieces for defects, such as chipped edges or marred surfaces and sort defective pieces according to types of flaws.
    • Set stops on machine beds, change dies, and adjust components, such as rams or power presses, when making multiple or successive passes.
    • Start machines, monitor their operations, and record operational data.
    • Set up, operate, or tend machines to saw, cut, shear, slit, punch, crimp, notch, bend, or straighten metal or plastic material.
    • Test and adjust machine speeds or actions, according to product specifications, using gauges and hand tools.
    • Install, align, and lock specified punches, dies, cutting blades, or other fixtures in rams or beds of machines, using gauges, templates, feelers, shims, and hand tools.
    • Read work orders or production schedules to determine specifications, such as materials to be used, locations of cutting lines, or dimensions and tolerances.
    • Position guides, stops, holding blocks, or other fixtures to secure and direct workpieces, using hand tools and measuring devices.
    • Position, align, and secure workpieces against fixtures or stops on machine beds or on dies.
    • Load workpieces, plastic material, or chemical solutions into machines.
    • Adjust ram strokes of presses to specified lengths, using hand tools.
    • Clean and lubricate machines.
    • Mark identifying data on workpieces.
    • Turn controls to set cutting speeds, feed rates, or table angles for specified operations.
    • Scribe reference lines on workpieces as guides for cutting operations, according to blueprints, templates, sample parts, or specifications.
    • Clean work area.
    • Place workpieces on cutting tables, manually or using hoists, cranes, or sledges.
    • Plan sequences of operations, applying knowledge of physical properties of workpiece materials.
    • Turn valves to start flow of coolant against cutting areas or to start airflow that blows cuttings away from kerfs.
    • Thread ends of metal coils from reels through slitters and secure ends on recoilers.
    • Operate forklifts to deliver materials.
    • Grind out burrs or sharp edges, using portable grinders, speed lathes, or polishing jacks.
    • Remove housings, feed tubes, tool holders, or other accessories to replace worn or broken parts, such as springs or bushings.
    • Lubricate workpieces with oil.
    • Replace defective blades or wheels, using hand tools.
    • Set blade tensions, heights, and angles to perform prescribed cuts, using wrenches.
    • Select, clean, and install spacers, rubber sleeves, or cutters on arbors.
    • Hand-form, cut, or finish workpieces, using tools such as table saws, hand sledges, or anvils.
    • Preheat workpieces, using heating furnaces or hand torches.
    • Sharpen dulled blades, using bench grinders, abrasive wheels, or lathes.
    • Hone cutters with oilstones to remove nicks.
    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
    4
    Workplace Documents
    4
    Graphic Literacy
    4
    Abilities
    • Arm-Hand Steadiness

      The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.

    • Control Precision

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

    • Near Vision

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

    Knowledge
    • Mechanical

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

    • Production and Processing

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

    • Mathematics

      Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.

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    Pay
    • Ohio Annual Salary $35,130/yr
    • Typical Salary
    • Ohio Hourly Wage $16.89/hr
    • Typical Hourly Wage
    Ohio Employment Trends
    • Currently Employed 17,640
    • Yearly Projected Openings 1,770
    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
    • Independence
    • Initiative
    • Integrity
    • Self Control
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    Tags
    • InDemand occupations are considered a priority by the state of Ohio.
    • Green occupations are jobs that contribute to energy conservation, development of alternative energy, reducing pollution, or recycling.
    • Apprenticeships are available for this occupation. These programs can help you get hands-on experience and build your skills.