Milling & Planing Machine Setters, Operators, & Tenders, Metal & Plastic

Also called: Machine Operator, Mill Operator,



What they do:
Set up, operate, or tend milling or planing machines to mill, plane, shape, groove, or profile metal or plastic work pieces.
On the job, you would:
  • Position and secure workpieces on machines, using holding devices, measuring instruments, hand tools, and hoists.
  • Remove workpieces from machines, and check to ensure that they conform to specifications, using measuring instruments such as microscopes, gauges, calipers, and micrometers.
  • Verify alignment of workpieces on machines, using measuring instruments such as rules, gauges, or calipers.

Knowledge

Manufactured or Agricultural Goods
  • manufacture and distribution of products
Engineering and Technology
  • mechanical
Math and Science
  • arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics

Skills

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

Abilities

Hand and Finger Use
  • hold or move items with your hands
  • keep your arm or hand steady
Verbal
  • communicate by speaking
  • listen and understand what people say

Personality

People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Attention to Detail
  • Dependability
  • Cooperation
  • Self Control
  • Initiative
  • Integrity

Technology

You might use software like this on the job:

Computer aided design CAD software
  • Autodesk AutoCAD
  • Siemens PLM Software Solid Edge
Object or component oriented development software
  • G code
  • M code
Spreadsheet software
  • Microsoft Excel

Education

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

Job Outlook

Below Average Outlook
New job opportunities are less likely in the future.
Salary
$43,210
$27,320
$63,960

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What they do:
Set up, operate, or tend milling or planing machines to mill, plane, shape, groove, or profile metal or plastic work pieces.

On the job, you would:
  • Position and secure workpieces on machines, using holding devices, measuring instruments, hand tools, and hoists.
  • Remove workpieces from machines, and check to ensure that they conform to specifications, using measuring instruments such as microscopes, gauges, calipers, and micrometers.
  • Verify alignment of workpieces on machines, using measuring instruments such as rules, gauges, or calipers.

KNOWLEDGE

Manufactured or Agricultural Goods
  • manufacture and distribution of products
Engineering and Technology
  • mechanical
Math and Science
  • arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics

SKILLS

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

ABILITIES

Hand and Finger Use
  • hold or move items with your hands
  • keep your arm or hand steady
Verbal
  • communicate by speaking
  • listen and understand what people say

PERSONALITY

People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Attention to Detail
  • Dependability
  • Cooperation
  • Self Control
  • Initiative
  • Integrity

TECHNOLOGY

You might use software like this on the job:

Computer aided design CAD software
  • Autodesk AutoCAD
  • Siemens PLM Software Solid Edge
Object or component oriented development software
  • G code
  • M code
Spreadsheet software
  • Microsoft Excel

EDUCATION

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

JOB OUTLOOK

Below Average Outlook
New job opportunities are less likely in the future.
Salary
$43,210
$27,320
$63,960

EXPLORE MORE