Surface Mount Technology (SMT) Machine Operator Salary
Average Surface Mount Technology Machine Operators in the United States make around $14.00 per hour. Most Surface Mount Technology Machine Operators are fairly content with their jobs, and work satisfaction falls in line with the national average. Although a strong majority have medical coverage and just over a half have dental coverage, about a fourth claim no health benefits at all. There are more male Surface Mount Technology Machine Operators than female among those who completed the questionnaire, making up 65 percent. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Job Description for Surface Mount Technology (SMT) Machine Operator
Surface mount technology (SMT) machine operators are in charge of operating complex machinery and overseeing production equipment for their organizations. They are also responsible for precision and tolerance for production pieces and must follow written instructions and SMT assembly processes to prevent material waste. They generally work in a production setting, and their tools include calibration machines, re-flow ovens, and other inspection equipment.Read More...
SMT machine operators perform assembly operations, automate apparatuses, interpret product/client specifications, and update instruction information, and also help measure micrometers and O.H.M. values and identify hardware parts with numbers or colors. They may work with compilers and wave soldering to ensure proper machine processes and also help with coding instructions, integrating systems, and line maintenance. They should work well with other machine operators to achieve production goals within given time-frames, but also independently with minimal supervision.
These machine operators must follow strict safety regulations, help correct malfunctions, and work with production software. They also follow strict schedules to maintain consistent production and generally wear protective gear such as goggles, steel-toed boots, and breathing masks. They should have strong communication skills to interpret ideas, convey concepts, and follow product standards, and must also understand blueprints, part textures, and drawings for understanding soldering quality.
A bachelor's degree in automation, industrial engineering, or a related field is generally required for this position, and prior work experience in operating machinery is highly beneficial. Industry certifications are also helpful.
Surface Mount Technology (SMT) Machine Operator Tasks
- Inspect and test finished SMT products for quality.
- Hand Solder / De-solder components.
- Load proper parts into machine and fill solder paste.
- Adjust, set up, and operate SMT machines per job order.
- Monitor product through entire SMT process.
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Pay by Experience Level for Surface Mount Technology (SMT) Machine Operator
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Surface Mount Technology Machine Operators — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. The average inexperienced worker's salary is approximately $29K, and people with five to 10 years of experience bring in more at around $32K on average. For Surface Mount Technology Machine Operators, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $33K. In the end, more experience does seem to mean larger paychecks; seasoned Surface Mount Technology Machine Operators with more than 20 years of experience earn a predictably higher median salary of $39K.