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Forging Machine Setters, Operators, & Tenders, Metal & Plastic

Also called: Forge Operator, Hammer Operator, Header Set-Up Operator, Machine Operator

What they do:
Set up, operate, or tend forging machines to taper, shape, or form metal or plastic parts.
On the job, you would:
  • Measure and inspect machined parts to ensure conformance to product specifications.
  • Read work orders or blueprints to determine specified tolerances and sequences of operations for machine setup.
  • Start machines to produce sample workpieces, and observe operations to detect machine malfunctions and to verify that machine setups conform to specifications.


Engineering and Technology
  • mechanical
Manufactured or Agricultural Goods
  • manufacture and distribution of products
Math and Science
  • arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics


Basic Skills
  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
  • talking to others
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it


  • communicate by speaking
  • listen and understand what people say
Hand and Finger Use
  • keep your arm or hand steady
  • hold or move items with your hands


People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Dependability
  • Attention to Detail
  • Cooperation
  • Independence
  • Self Control
  • Initiative


You might use software like this on the job:

Electronic mail software
  • Email software
Data base user interface and query software
  • Data entry software
Inventory management software
  • Inventory tracking software


Education: (rated 2 of 5)
high school diploma/GED
usually needed

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