Multiple machine tool setters, operators, and tenders (metal and plastic) set up, operate, or tend more than one type of cutting or forming machine tool or robot.
Multiple machine tool setters, operators, and tenders establish and execute machines, such as lathes, cutters, shears, borers, millers, grinders, presses, drills, or auxiliary machines, to make plastic and metallic workpieces.
Machine operators plan operational sequences by reading blueprints or job orders to determine product specifications and tooling instructions. They position workpieces against stops in chucks, fixtures, or automatic feeding mechanisms; install and adjust the alignment of drills, cutters, dies, and holding devices, using templates and hand tools; observe machine operation to detect workpiece defects or machine malfunctions, adjusting machines as necessary. Production machine operators examine workpieces for any shortcomings and evaluate workpieces to determine the efficiency of machine operation.
The job of a tool setter requires a high school diploma with some previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience. The skills required include operations monitoring, quality control analysis, equipment maintenance, operations and control, problem-solving, critical thinking, troubleshooting and social perceptiveness.
A machine operator finds jobs in production assembly in manufacturing units, and their pay is commensurate to the nature of the work. They require knowledge of production and processing, mechanical, mathematics and design.
The job of a production machine operator may carry hazards of working in factories, exposure to loud noise, and long working hours. Workers need to wear personal protection equipment.
A good tool setter knows computers and machine operating software and manual dexterity.
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