Extruding and Drawing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic
SOC: 51-4021.00

Description:

Set up, operate, or tend machines to extrude or draw thermoplastic or metal materials into tubes, rods, hoses, wire, bars, or structural shapes.


National Salary Information:

Hourly Statistics:

Annual Statistics:

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 wage data.


Employment Projections:

Employment (2014):
73,400 employed

Projected (2024):
55,500 employed

Projected growth (2014-2024)


Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 2014-2024 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2014-2024). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.


Alternate Titles:

  • Computer Numerical Control Operator (CNC Operator)
  • Core Extruder
  • Core Shaper
  • Draw Machine Operator
  • Drawbench Operator
  • Equipment Technician
  • Extruder Operator
  • Extruding Press Adjuster
  • Extruding Press Operator
  • Extrusion Operator
  • Extrusion Press Adjuster
  • Extrusion Press Operator
  • Floor Molder
  • Forming Machine Operator
  • Grid Caster
  • Grid Maker
  • Grid Molder
  • Hot Mill Observer
  • Injection Machine Operator
  • Injection Molder
  • Job Molder
  • Lead Former
  • Lead Press Operator
  • Line Patroller
  • Machine Operator
  • Manufacturing Assistant
  • Manufacturing Associate
  • Manufacturing Engineer
  • Manufacturing Machine Operator
  • Manufacturing Operator
  • Metal Drawer
  • Metal Inspector
  • Mold Injector
  • Needle Bar Molder
  • Nozzle Operator
  • Operator
  • Plastic Extrusion Operator
  • Retort Press Operator
  • Rod Drawer
  • Rod Pointer
  • Seamless Tube Drawer
  • Setup Operator
  • Spinning Bath Patroller
  • Stretch Machine Operator
  • Tube Drawer
  • Wire Drawer
  • Wire Drawing Machine Operator
  • Wire Drawing Machine Tender
  • Wire Drawing Setter
  • Wire Mill Operator
  • Wire Mill Rover
  • Wire Puller


  • Job Zone Two: Some Preparation Needed

    Experience:

    Some previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is usually needed. For example, a teller would benefit from experience working directly with the public.

    Education:

    These occupations usually require a high school diploma.

    Job Training:

    Employees in these occupations need anywhere from a few months to one year of working with experienced employees. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.


    Required Skills:

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Active Listening
  • Writing
  • Speaking
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Critical Thinking
  • Active Learning
  • Learning Strategies
  • Monitoring
  • Social Perceptiveness
  • Coordination
  • Persuasion
  • Negotiation
  • Instructing
  • Service Orientation
  • Complex Problem Solving
  • Operations Analysis
  • Technology Design
  • Equipment Selection
  • Installation
  • Programming
  • Operation Monitoring
  • Operation and Control
  • Equipment Maintenance
  • Troubleshooting
  • Repairing
  • Quality Control Analysis
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Systems Analysis
  • Systems Evaluation
  • Time Management
  • Management of Financial Resources
  • Management of Material Resources
  • Management of Personnel Resources

  • Knowledge Used:

  • Administration and Management
  • Clerical
  • Economics and Accounting
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Personnel and Human Resources
  • Production and Processing
  • Computers and Electronics
  • Engineering and Technology
  • Design
  • Mechanical
  • Mathematics
  • Chemistry
  • Education and Training
  • English Language
  • Public Safety and Security


  • Tasks:

  • Measure and examine extruded products to locate defects and to check for conformance to specifications, adjusting controls as necessary to alter products.
  • Determine setup procedures and select machine dies and parts, according to specifications.
  • Install dies, machine screws, and sizing rings on machines that extrude thermoplastic or metal materials.
  • Change dies on extruding machines according to production line changes.
  • Start machines and set controls to regulate vacuum, air pressure, sizing rings, and temperature, and to synchronize speed of extrusion.
  • Replace worn dies when products vary from specifications.
  • Reel extruded products into rolls of specified lengths and weights.
  • Troubleshoot, maintain, and make minor repairs to equipment.
  • Clean work areas.
  • Adjust controls to draw or press metal into specified shapes and diameters.
  • Operate shearing mechanisms to cut rods to specified lengths.
  • Select nozzles, spacers, and wire guides, according to diameters and lengths of rods.
  • Weigh and mix pelletized, granular, or powdered thermoplastic materials and coloring pigments.
  • Load machine hoppers with mixed materials, using augers, or stuff rolls of plastic dough into machine cylinders.
  • Test physical properties of products with testing devices such as acid-bath testers, burst testers, and impact testers.
  • Maintain an inventory of materials.

  • Tools & Technology:

  • Air cooling systems
  • Automatic vacuum pumps
  • Batch dryers
  • Billet heating furnaces
  • Billet loaders
  • Blown film extruders
  • Braiders
  • Burst testers
  • Conveyor augers
  • Desktop computers
  • Die changers
  • Die holders
  • Die shuffles
  • Die slides
  • Digital calipers
  • Digital micrometers
  • Dummy blocks
  • Dye water tank farm systems
  • Electrical panel boards
  • Extrusion press conveyors
  • Extrusion pullers
  • Horizontal cooling tanks
  • Hot log shears
  • Industrial floor scales
  • Injection molding machines
  • Jacket extruder
  • Lubrication systems
  • Measuring tapes
  • Metal bending mandrels
  • Metal shearing machines
  • Nip rolls
  • Packaging hoppers
  • Paddle blenders
  • Pellet classifiers
  • Pin gauge sets
  • Plastic film extrusion dies
  • Plastic profile extrusion dies
  • Plastic sheet extrusion dies
  • Plate conveyors
  • Production counters
  • Ribbon blenders
  • Ring gauges
  • Roller conveyors
  • Sheet extruders
  • Sheet stackers
  • Sigma blade mixers
  • Single screw extruders
  • Slat conveyors
  • Snap gauges
  • Steam controls
  • Tubing extruders
  • Twin screw extruders
  • Two-roll mills
  • Variable impact testers
  • Wheeled forklifts
  • Wire drawing machines
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Microsoft Word
  • SAP software


  • production


    industry stats

    SOC: 51-0000

    Total Employed: 9,073,290

    Average Annual Salary: $36,220