Multiple Machine Tool Setter / Operator / Tender, Metal and Plastic Salary
Metal and Plastic Machine Operators in the United States can expect wages of $14.99 per hour on average. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Although the larger part have medical coverage and just under a half have dental coverage, slightly less than a third claim no health benefits at all. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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Manufacturing companies that create tools or the assembly/replacement parts for tools and equipment are typical employers of multiple machine tool setters, operators, or tenders (metal and plastic). These employees usually work as part of an assembly line, working with fabrication machines and/or robots to cut and create tools or parts for their eventual assembly. Multiple machine tool operators work regularly with lathes, cutters, borers, grinders, and other types of fabrication and cutting tools that are used with metals and plastics. The operator sets up these machines according to the specifications of the items or parts to be manufactured. Then, they observe the machine to ensure efficient, safe operations, inspect their work to ensure it meets the requirements of the original design schematic, make any adjustments, and (when satisfied) start a production run.Read More...
Throughout the operation and run, the machine tool operator/tender also perform necessary functions such as regulating cooling or lubrication for the fabrication equipment and/or robots as necessary. The operator uses a variety of readouts and feedback equipment to ensure safe and efficient operation while using machines.
Individuals in these positions typically must have at least a high school diploma or equivalent. Many larger manufacturers prefer individuals with at least some vocational training in machine or assembly technology and operation as well. Practical experience with machine tool fabrication and systems operation are also required or preferred. Multiple machine tool operators generally work in a factory or manufacturing plant, and their hours may vary depending on the needs of their employer.
Multiple Machine Tool Setter / Operator / Tender, Metal and Plastic Tasks
- Inspect, observe working operation and calibrate machine work pieces to ensure safe and accurate operation that is free of any mechanical defects.
- Perform routine maintenance on machines: clean, oil, replace worn-out parts and dull blades.
- Set up and operate new machines and equipment for paper making, plastics and metals.
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For Metal and Plastic Machine Operators, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. Metal and Plastic Machine Operators in the early stages of their careers take home approximately $32K on average. The average for people in the five-to-10 year group is only a little larger at $32K. On average, Metal and Plastic Machine Operators make $39K following one to two decades on the job. Metal and Plastic Machine Operators who have acquired more than two decades of experience generally do see greater compensation; their average income is approximately $44K.
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