Molding, Coremaking, and Casting Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic

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What do they do?

Set up, operate, or tend metal or plastic molding, casting, or coremaking machines to mold or cast metal or thermoplastic parts or products.

Also known as:

Casting Machine Operator, Core Machine Operator, Die Cast Technician, Die Caster, Diecast Machine Operator, Eight Arm Operator, Injection Press Operator, Machine Operator, Mold Machine Operator, Mold Maker, Mold Setter, Mold Technician, Molder, Process Technician, Production Technician, Setup Technician

Typical Wages

Annual wages for Molding, Coremaking, and Casting Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic in United States

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Projected Growth Rate

Employment of Molding, Coremaking, and Casting Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic is projected to Decline 12 percent from 2018 to 2028

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Projected Employment

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Projected Employment Rankings For Virginia:

  • -12.6%

    Percent Change

    Ranks #44 in job growth rate
  • 230

    Annual Projected Job Openings

    Ranks #23 in net job growth

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Education Level

  • Doctorate or Professional Degree (0.1%)
  • Master's degree (1.2%)
  • Bachelor's degree (5.3%)
  • Associate's degree (8.6%)
  • Some college, no degree (24%)
  • High school diploma equivalent (46.2%)
  • Less than high school diploma (14.6%)

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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.
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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:

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Control Precision - The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.
  • Multilimb Coordination - The ability to coordinate two or more limbs (for example, two arms, two legs, or one leg and one arm) while sitting, standing, or lying down. It does not involve performing the activities while the whole body is in motion.
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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.
  • Monitor equipment operation to ensure that products are not flawed.
  • Operate metal or plastic forming equipment.
  • Adjust temperature controls of ovens or other heating equipment.
  • Study blueprints or other instructions to determine equipment setup requirements.
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This page includes data from:

O*NET OnLine Career data: O*NET 26.3 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

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