CAREER

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

Overview

Salary Median (2020)

$36,980

Projected Job Growth (2019-2029)

-8.3% (decline)

Most Common Level of Education

High school diploma or equivalent

Career

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

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

Other Job Titles Cutting, Punching, and Press Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic May Have

Die Setter, Fabrication Operator, Machine Operator, Machine Setter, Press Operator, Punch Press Operator, Saw Operator, Set-Up Operator, Slitter Operator

Tasks & Responsibilities May Include

  • Examine completed workpieces for defects, such as chipped edges or marred surfaces and sort defective pieces according to types of flaws.
  • Measure completed workpieces to verify conformance to specifications, using micrometers, gauges, calipers, templates, or rulers.
  • 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.

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