Cutting and Slicing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders

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What do they do?

Set up, operate, or tend machines that cut or slice materials, such as glass, stone, cork, rubber, tobacco, food, paper, or insulating material.

Also known as:

Computer Numerical Control Operator (CNC Operator), Converting Operator, Cutter, Cutter Operator, Cutting Machine Operator, Cutting Pressman, Die Cutter Operator, Flat Cutter, Leather Cutter, Machine Operator, Paper Cutter, Rotary Operator, Saw Operator, Sheeter, Sheeter Operator, Skiver Operator, Slitter, Slitter Operator, Threshing Operator, Trimmer, Trimmer Operator

Typical Wages

Annual wages for Cutting and Slicing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders in United States

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Projected Growth Rate

Employment of Cutting and Slicing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders is projected to Decline 3 percent from 2018 to 2028

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Projected Employment

No Data Available

Projected Employment Rankings For All United States:

  • -3.2%

    Percent Change

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  • 7,300

    Annual Projected Job Openings

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Education Level

  • Doctorate or Professional Degree (0.1%)
  • Master's degree (0.8%)
  • Bachelor's degree (3%)
  • Associate's degree (3.9%)
  • Some college, no degree (16.8%)
  • High school diploma equivalent (44.3%)
  • Less than high school diploma (31.2%)

Percent of workers in this field

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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.
  • Quality Control Analysis - Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.
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People in this career often know a lot about:

  • Production and Processing - Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.
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People in this career often have talent in:

  • Finger Dexterity - The ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects.
  • 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).
  • 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.
  • 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.
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Activities: what you might do in a day

People in this career often do these activities:

  • Operate cutting equipment.
  • Study blueprints or other instructions to determine equipment setup requirements.
  • Weigh finished products.
  • Measure dimensions of completed products or workpieces to verify conformance to specifications.
  • Conduct test runs of production equipment.
  • Feed materials or products into or through equipment.
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This page includes data from:

O*NET OnLine Career data: O*NET 26.1 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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