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Extruding & Forming Machine Setters, Operators, & Tenders, Synthetic & Glass Fibers

Also called: Extruder Operator, Extrusion Operator, Process Operator, Spindraw Operator

Where in the military? In the military: see titles from the Marine Corps or Navy.

What they do:
Set up, operate, or tend machines that extrude and form continuous filaments from synthetic materials, such as liquid polymer, rayon, and fiberglass.
On the job, you would:
  • Remove excess, entangled, or completed filaments from machines, using hand tools.
  • Set up, operate, or tend machines that extrude and form filaments from synthetic materials such as rayon, fiberglass, or liquid polymers.
  • Load materials into extruding and forming machines, using hand tools, and adjust feed mechanisms to set feed rates.


Engineering and Technology
  • mechanical
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
  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it


Hand and Finger Use
  • put together small parts with your fingers
  • hold or move items with your hands
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
  • listen and understand what people say
  • communicate by speaking


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
  • Initiative
  • Cooperation
  • Stress Tolerance
  • Concern for Others


You might use software like this on the job:

Industrial control software
  • Camstar Manufacturing Execution System MES
  • Statistical control process SPC software
Spreadsheet software
  • Microsoft Excel


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

Job Outlook

Below Average Outlook
New job opportunities are less likely in the future.
per year, on average
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