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

Description

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

Tasks

  • Inspect workpieces for defects, and measure workpieces to determine accuracy of machine operation, using rules, templates, or other measuring instruments.
  • Observe machine operation to detect workpiece defects or machine malfunctions, adjusting machines as necessary.
  • Read blueprints or job orders to determine product specifications and tooling instructions and to plan operational sequences.
  • Set up and operate machines, such as lathes, cutters, shears, borers, millers, grinders, presses, drills, and auxiliary machines, to make metallic and plastic workpieces.
  • Position, adjust, and secure stock material or workpieces against stops, on arbors, or in chucks, fixtures, or automatic feeding mechanisms, manually or using hoists.
  • Select, install, and adjust alignment of drills, cutters, dies, guides, and holding devices, using templates, measuring instruments, and hand tools.
  • Change worn machine accessories, such as cutting tools and brushes, using hand tools.
  • Make minor electrical and mechanical repairs and adjustments to machines and notify supervisors when major service is required.
  • Start machines and turn handwheels or valves to engage feeding, cooling, and lubricating mechanisms.
  • Perform minor machine maintenance, such as oiling or cleaning machines, dies, or workpieces, or adding coolant to machine reservoirs.
  • Select the proper coolants and lubricants and start their flow.
  • 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.
  • Record operational data such as pressure readings, lengths of strokes, feed rates, and speeds.
  • Extract or lift jammed pieces from machines, using fingers, wire hooks, or lift bars.
  • Set machine stops or guides to specified lengths as indicated by scales, rules, or templates.
  • Move controls or mount gears, cams, or templates in machines to set feed rates and cutting speeds, depths, and angles.
  • Compute data such as gear dimensions and machine settings, applying knowledge of shop mathematics.
  • Align layout marks with dies or blades.
  • Measure and mark reference points and cutting lines on workpieces, using traced templates, compasses, and rules.

Knowledge

Geography
Knowledge of principles and methods for describing the features of land, sea, and air masses, including their physical characteristics, locations, interrelationships, and distribution of plant, animal, and human life.
Fine Arts
Knowledge of the theory and techniques required to compose, produce, and perform works of music, dance, visual arts, drama, and sculpture.

Skills

Science
Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.
Management of Financial Resources
Determining how money will be spent to get the work done, and accounting for these expenditures.
Programming
Writing computer programs for various purposes.

Abilities

Explosive Strength
The ability to use short bursts of muscle force to propel oneself (as in jumping or sprinting), or to throw an object.
Dynamic Flexibility
The ability to quickly and repeatedly bend, stretch, twist, or reach out with your body, arms, and/or legs.

Interests

Realistic
Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others.
Conventional
Conventional occupations frequently involve following set procedures and routines. These occupations can include working with data and details more than with ideas. Usually there is a clear line of authority to follow.
Investigative
Investigative occupations frequently involve working with ideas, and require an extensive amount of thinking. These occupations can involve searching for facts and figuring out problems mentally.
Enterprising
Enterprising occupations frequently involve starting up and carrying out projects. These occupations can involve leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes they require risk taking and often deal with business.
Social
Social occupations frequently involve working with, communicating with, and teaching people. These occupations often involve helping or providing service to others.
Artistic
Artistic occupations frequently involve working with forms, designs and patterns. They often require self-expression and the work can be done without following a clear set of rules.

Work Style

Attention to Detail
Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.
Dependability
Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.
Independence
Job requires developing one's own ways of doing things, guiding oneself with little or no supervision, and depending on oneself to get things done.
Initiative
Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.
Persistence
Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles.
Cooperation
Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.
Self Control
Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations.
Adaptability/Flexibility
Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace.
Innovation
Job requires creativity and alternative thinking to develop new ideas for and answers to work-related problems.
Analytical Thinking
Job requires analyzing information and using logic to address work-related issues and problems.

Work Values

Support
Occupations that satisfy this work value offer supportive management that stands behind employees. Corresponding needs are Company Policies, Supervision: Human Relations and Supervision: Technical.
Relationships
Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to provide service to others and work with co-workers in a friendly non-competitive environment. Corresponding needs are Co-workers, Moral Values and Social Service.
Working Conditions
Occupations that satisfy this work value offer job security and good working conditions. Corresponding needs are Activity, Compensation, Independence, Security, Variety and Working Conditions.
Independence
Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to work on their own and make decisions. Corresponding needs are Creativity, Responsibility and Autonomy.
Achievement
Occupations that satisfy this work value are results oriented and allow employees to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment. Corresponding needs are Ability Utilization and Achievement.
Recognition
Occupations that satisfy this work value offer advancement, potential for leadership, and are often considered prestigious. Corresponding needs are Advancement, Authority, Recognition and Social Status.

Lay Titles

Automatic Wheel-Line Operator
Ballistics Laboratory Gunsmith
Cell Technician
Centrifugal Control Switch Machine Operator
CNC Machine Setter (Computer Numerically Controlled Machine Setter)
CNC Machinist (Computer Numerically Controlled Machinist)
CNC Operator (Computer Numerically Controlled Operator)
Combination Machine Tool Setter
Developmental Machinist
Die Repairman
Die Setter
Electrode Turner and Finisher
Fabrication Set-Up Person
Four-Slide Machine Setter
Gear Cutting Machine Set-Up Operator
Gear Hobber Set-Up Operator
Gear Milling Machine Set-Up Operator
Gear Shaper Set-Up Operator
Gear Shaver Set-Up Operator
Gunsmith
Injection Molding Technician
Lathe Operator
Loading Machine Tool Setter
Machine Operator
Machine Set-Up Operator
Machine Set-Up Person
Machine Setter
Machine Technician
Machine Tool Operator
Machine Try-Out Setter
Machinist
Manufacturing Assistant
Manufacturing Associate
Manufacturing Operator
Metal and Plastic Combination Machine Tool Operator
Metal and Plastic Combination Machine Tool Setter
Metal and Plastic Transfer Machine Operator
Mold Maker
Multi-Operation Forming Machine Operator
Operator
Ornamental Metal Worker
Ornamental Metal Worker Apprentice
Production Gear Cutting Machine Operator
Production Machine Tender
Production Operator
Rim Roller Operator
Set-Up Person
Shear Operator
Spiral Bevel Gear Generator Set-Up Operator
Spring Maker
Spring Manufacturing Set-Up Technician
Straight Bevel Gear Generator Set-Up Operator
Tool and Die Maker
Tool Gear Cutting Machine Set-Up Operator
Tool Machine Setup Operator
Tooling Set-Up Person
Transfer Machine Operator
Trim Machine Operator
Utility Operator

National Wages and Employment Info

Median Wages (2008):
$16.33 hourly, $33,960 annual.
Employment (2008):
85,110 employees