Machine setup operators ensure that the machines they are responsible for work properly and efficiently. This requires extensive knowledge of the machine or machines for which the operators are responsible.
Every company has different expectation for their machine setup operators. However, these individuals generally must be knowledgeable in electrical processes and skilled in using tools for related operations. Machine setup operators must be able to clearly troubleshoot machine issues and pay close attention to detail for each machine. Machine setup operators usually use measurement tools such use thermometers and calipers to analyze machines. Communication skills are important, as machine setup operators must be able to document and report any issues clearly to their superiors and peers. These operators also ensure that proper protocols on how equipment is started, maintained, used, cleaned, and turned off are followed. Safety in the workplace, including with the machine(s) they oversee, are an essential part of a machine setup operator's responsibilities.
Typically, a high school diploma or equivalent is required for this position. Certifications related to knowledge of specific machines and equipments may also be required. Basic knowledgeable of math, using basic computer software such as the Microsoft Office suite, and understanding how to read manuals and drawings are required to be a successful machine setup operator. A friendly demeanor is a plus, because machine setup operators have to work with people who are using the machines they oversee.
Machine Set Up Operator Tasks
- Determine sequence of operations by studying blueprints, specifications, and work orders.
- Regulate machine by setting and adjusting controls.
- Prepare machines for production by positioning and securing dies, stops and guides.