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

Also called: Die Setter, Machine Operator, Machine Technician, Machinist

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What they do:
Set up, operate, or tend more than one type of cutting or forming machine tool or robot.
On the job, you would:
  • Observe machine operation to detect workpiece defects or machine malfunctions, adjusting machines as necessary.
  • Set up and operate machines, such as lathes, cutters, shears, borers, millers, grinders, presses, drills, and auxiliary machines, to make metallic and plastic workpieces.
  • Inspect workpieces for defects, and measure workpieces to determine accuracy of machine operation, using rules, templates, or other measuring instruments.


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


Basic Skills
  • keeping track of how well people and/or groups are doing in order to make improvements
  • thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it


Hand and Finger Use
  • hold or move items with your hands
  • keep your arm or hand steady
Controlled Movement
  • quickly change the controls of a machine, car, truck or boat
  • use your arms and/or legs together while sitting, standing, or lying down
Ideas and Logic
  • notice when problems happen
  • order or arrange things


People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Attention to Detail
  • Dependability
  • Analytical Thinking
  • Initiative
  • Innovation
  • Integrity


You might use software like this on the job:

Spreadsheet software
Electronic mail software
  • Email software
Word processing software


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

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