Extruding, Forming, Pressing, and Compacting Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders

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What do they do?

Set up, operate, or tend machines, such as glass-forming machines, plodder machines, and tuber machines, to shape and form products such as glassware, food, rubber, soap, brick, tile, clay, wax, tobacco, or cosmetics.

Also known as:

Extruder Operator, Extrusion Operator, Forming Machine Operator, Glass Forming Crew Member, Machine Operator, Press Operator, Rubber Extrusion Operator, Tuber Operator

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Projected Growth Rate

Employment of Extruding, Forming, Pressing, and Compacting Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders is projected to Decline 9 percent from 2018 to 2028

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Projected Employment

No Data Available

Projected Employment Rankings For Virginia:

  • -9.7%

    Percent Change

    Ranks #43 in job growth rate
  • 160

    Annual Projected Job Openings

    Ranks #19 in net job growth

Education Level

  • Doctorate or Professional Degree (0.9%)
  • Master's degree (3.1%)
  • Bachelor's degree (5.5%)
  • Associate's degree (6.7%)
  • Some college, no degree (16.1%)
  • High school diploma equivalent (50.1%)
  • Less than high school diploma (17.7%)

Percent of workers in this field

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Skills

People in this career often have these skills:

  • Operation Monitoring - Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
  • Operation and Control - Controlling operations of equipment or systems.
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
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Knowledge

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.
  • 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:

  • Perceptual Speed - The ability to quickly and accurately compare similarities and differences among sets of letters, numbers, objects, pictures, or patterns. The things to be compared may be presented at the same time or one after the other. This ability also includes comparing a presented object with a remembered object.
  • Rate Control - The ability to time your movements or the movement of a piece of equipment in anticipation of changes in the speed and/or direction of a moving object or scene.
  • Reaction Time - The ability to quickly respond (with the hand, finger, or foot) to a signal (sound, light, picture) when it appears.
  • 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 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:

  • Adjust equipment controls to regulate flow of production materials or products.
  • Adjust temperature controls of ovens or other heating equipment.
  • Operate metal or plastic forming equipment.
  • Inspect metal, plastic, or composite products.
  • Weigh finished products.
  • Measure dimensions of completed products or workpieces to verify conformance to specifications.
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This page includes data from:

O*NET OnLine Career data: O*NET 25.1 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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