Extruding and Forming Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Synthetic and Glass Fibers

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What do they do?

Set up, operate, or tend machines that extrude and form continuous filaments from synthetic materials, such as liquid polymer, rayon, and fiberglass.

Also known as:

Extruder, Extruder Operator, Extrusion Line Operator, Extrusion Operator, Granulator, Hot End Operator, Pelletizer Operator, Pot Tipper, Spindraw Operator, Stretch Operator

Typical Wages

Annual wages for Extruding and Forming Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Synthetic and Glass Fibers in United States

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Projected Growth Rate

Employment of Extruding and Forming Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Synthetic and Glass Fibers is projected to Decline 8 percent from 2018 to 2028

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Projected Employment

No Data Available

Projected Employment Rankings For All United States:

  • -8%

    Percent Change

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  • 2,300

    Annual Projected Job Openings

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Education Level

  • Doctorate or Professional Degree (0.4%)
  • Master's degree (2%)
  • Bachelor's degree (9.3%)
  • Associate's degree (9.3%)
  • Some college, no degree (14.2%)
  • High school diploma equivalent (34.5%)
  • Less than high school diploma (30.3%)

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.
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Abilities

People in this career often have talent in:

  • 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.
  • 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).
  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • 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.
  • 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.
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Activities: what you might do in a day

People in this career often do these activities:

  • Operate metal or plastic forming equipment.
  • Adjust equipment controls to regulate flow of production materials or products.
  • Notify others of equipment repair or maintenance needs.
  • Signal others to coordinate work activities.
  • Monitor equipment operation to ensure proper functioning.
  • Clean production equipment.
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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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