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

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

    Work Activities
    • 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, or 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.
    • Measure and mark reference points and cutting lines on workpieces, using traced templates, compasses, and rules.
    • Compute data, such as gear dimensions or machine settings, applying knowledge of shop mathematics.
    • Remove burrs, sharp edges, rust, or scale from workpieces, using files, hand grinders, wire brushes, or power tools.
    • Instruct other workers in machine set-up and operation.
    • Change worn machine accessories, such as cutting tools or brushes, using hand tools.
    • Make minor electrical and mechanical repairs and adjustments to machines and notify supervisors when major service is required.
    • Extract or lift jammed pieces from machines, using fingers, wire hooks, or lift bars.
    • Select the proper coolants and lubricants and start their flow.
    • Record operational data, such as pressure readings, lengths of strokes, feed rates, or speeds.
    • Align layout marks with dies or blades.
    Skills
    • 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.

    WorkKeys®
    Applied Math
    4
    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.

    • 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.

    • Manual Dexterity

      The ability to quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.

    Knowledge
    • 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.

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    Pay
    • Ohio Annual Salary $35,670/yr
    • Typical Salary
    • Ohio Hourly Wage $17.15/hr
    • Typical Hourly Wage
    Ohio Employment Trends
    • Currently Employed 13,980
    • Yearly Projected Openings 1,430
    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
    • Analytical Thinking
    • Initiative
    • Innovation
    • Integrity
    Tools
    • Turning machines
    • Milling machines
    • Lifting hooks
    • Cutting machines
    • Boring machines
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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.