Forging Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic

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What do they do?

Set up, operate, or tend forging machines to taper, shape, or form metal or plastic parts.

Also known as:

Blacksmith, Cold Header Operator, Forge Operator, Forge Press Operator, Forger, Hammer Operator, Header Set-Up Operator, Machine Operator, Manipulator Operator, Process Technician, Set Up Technician

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Projected Growth Rate

Employment of Forging Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic is projected to Decline 19 percent from 2018 to 2028

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Projected Employment

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Projected Employment Rankings For All United States:

  • -19.4%

    Percent Change

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  • 1,200

    Annual Projected Job Openings

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Typical College Majors

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Education Level

  • Doctorate or Professional Degree (0%)
  • Master's degree (0%)
  • Bachelor's degree (2.7%)
  • Associate's degree (3.1%)
  • Some college, no degree (23.3%)
  • High school diploma equivalent (47.9%)
  • Less than high school diploma (22.9%)

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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.
  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
  • Education and Training - Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
  • 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:

  • 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.
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Activities: what you might do in a day

People in this career often do these activities:

  • Study blueprints or other instructions to determine equipment setup requirements.
  • Maneuver workpieces in equipment during production.
  • Measure dimensions of completed products or workpieces to verify conformance to specifications.
  • Operate metal or plastic forming equipment.
  • Operate cutting equipment.
  • Mount attachments or tools onto production equipment.
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This page includes data from:

O*NET OnLine Career data: O*NET 24.3 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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