CAREER

Extruding and Drawing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic

Overview

Salary Median (2020)

$37,530

Projected Job Growth (2019-2029)

-10.5% (decline)

Most Common Level of Education

High school diploma or equivalent

Career

What Extruding and Drawing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic Do

Set up, operate, or tend machines to extrude or draw thermoplastic or metal materials into tubes, rods, hoses, wire, bars, or structural shapes.

Other Job Titles Extruding and Drawing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic May Have

Equipment Technician, Extruder Operator, Extrusion Operator, Extrusion Press Operator, Machine Operator, Metal Inspector, Setup Operator, Wire Mill Operator, Wire Mill Rover

Tasks & Responsibilities May Include

  • Measure and examine extruded products to locate defects and to check for conformance to specifications, adjusting controls as necessary to alter products.
  • Determine setup procedures and select machine dies and parts, according to specifications.
  • Start machines and set controls to regulate vacuum, air pressure, sizing rings, and temperature, and to synchronize speed of extrusion.
  • Reel extruded products into rolls of specified lengths and weights.
  • Install dies, machine screws, and sizing rings on machines that extrude thermoplastic or metal materials.

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