Cutting, Punching, and Press Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic

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What do they do?

Set up, operate, or tend machines to saw, cut, shear, slit, punch, crimp, notch, bend, or straighten metal or plastic material.

Also known as:

Adjuster, Brake Operator, Brake Press Operator, Die Cutter, Die Setter, Equipment Technician, Fabrication Operator, Machine Operator, Machine Setter, Machining Associate, Press Brake Operator, Press Operator, Press Setup Operator, Punch Operator, Punch Press Operator, Saw Operator, Set-Up Operator, Setup Technician, Shear Operator, Shearman, Slitter Operator

Typical Wages

Annual wages for Cutting, Punching, and Press Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic in United States

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Projected Growth Rate

Employment of Cutting, Punching, and Press Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic is projected to Decline 9 percent from 2018 to 2028

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Projected Employment

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Projected Employment Rankings For Virginia:

  • -9.2%

    Percent Change

    Ranks #43 in job growth rate
  • 220

    Annual Projected Job Openings

    Ranks #25 in net job growth

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Education Level

  • Doctorate or Professional Degree (0.3%)
  • Master's degree (0.4%)
  • Bachelor's degree (3.2%)
  • Associate's degree (6.8%)
  • Some college, no degree (20.1%)
  • High school diploma equivalent (52%)
  • Less than high school diploma (17.3%)

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Skills

People in this career often have these skills:

  • Operations Monitoring - Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
  • Operation and Control - Controlling operations of equipment or systems.
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Knowledge

People in this career often know a lot about:

  • Mechanical - Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
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Abilities

People in this career often have talent in:

  • Arm-Hand Steadiness - The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.
  • Control Precision - The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.
  • Near Vision - The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
  • Problem Sensitivity - The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing that there is a problem.
  • Manual Dexterity - The ability to quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.
  • Reaction Time - The ability to quickly respond (with the hand, finger, or foot) to a signal (sound, light, picture) when it appears.
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Activities: what you might do in a day

People in this career often do these activities:

  • Inspect metal, plastic, or composite products.
  • Measure dimensions of completed products or workpieces to verify conformance to specifications.
  • Sort materials or products for processing, storing, shipping, or grading.
  • Set equipment guides, stops, spacers, or other fixtures.
  • Monitor equipment operation to ensure that products are not flawed.
  • Operate cutting equipment.
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This page includes data from:

O*NET OnLine Career data: O*NET 26.2 Database by the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration (“USDOL/ETA”). Used under the CC BY 4.0 license. O*NET® is a trademark of USDOL/ETA

Occupation statistics: USDOL U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Employment Statistics

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