CAREER

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

Overview

Salary Median (2020)

$36,560

Projected Job Growth (2019-2029)

-3.1% (decline)

Most Common Level of Education

High school diploma or equivalent

Career

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

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.

Other Job Titles Extruding, Forming, Pressing, and Compacting Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders May Have

Extruder Operator, Extrusion Operator, Glass Forming Crew Member, Machine Operator, Press Operator, Tuber Operator

Tasks & Responsibilities May Include

  • 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.
  • Monitor machine operations and observe lights and gauges to detect malfunctions.
  • Clear jams, and remove defective or substandard materials or products.

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