Cutting, Punching, and Press Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic
SOC: 51-4031.00

Description:

Set up, operate, or tend machines to saw, cut, shear, slit, punch, crimp, notch, bend, or straighten metal or plastic material.


National Salary Information:

Hourly Statistics:

Annual Statistics:

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 wage data.


Employment Projections:

Employment (2014):
192,200 employed

Projected (2024):
152,700 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:

  • Adjuster
  • Angle Shear Operator
  • Angle Shear Set Up Operator
  • Arbor Press Operator
  • Automatic Punch-Press Operator
  • Automatic Screwmaker
  • Automobile Bumper Straightener
  • Bander Operator
  • Banding Machine Operator
  • Bench Shear Operator
  • Bender Machine Operator
  • Bending Machine Set Up Operator
  • Bending Roll Hand
  • Bending Roll Operator
  • Beveler
  • Billet Cutter
  • Billet Shearer
  • Blanker
  • Bliss Press Operator
  • Body Press Operator
  • Bolt Cutter
  • Brake Machine Operator
  • Brake Press Operator
  • Brass Cutter
  • Brass-Wind Instruments Tube Bender
  • Bullet Assembly Press Operator
  • Calender Roll Press Operator
  • Can Cutter
  • Center Punch Operator
  • Clearance Cutter
  • Clincher
  • Clinching Machine Operator
  • Coil Cutter
  • Coil Shaper
  • Cold Saw Operator
  • Corner Former
  • Crimping Machine Operator
  • Crimping Machine Operator for Metal
  • Crimping Press Operator
  • Cut Off Saw Set Up Operator
  • Cut-Off Machine Operator
  • Cutter
  • Cutting and Creasing Press Operator
  • Debridging Machine Operator
  • Diamond Saw Operator
  • Dicer Operator
  • Die Cutter
  • Die Setter
  • Digital Press Operator
  • Dimpling Machine Operator
  • Dinkey Press Operator
  • Draw Press Operator
  • Drawing Press Operator
  • Duplicator Punch Operator
  • Duplicator Punch Set Up Operator
  • Equipment Technician
  • Fabrication Machine Operator
  • Fabrication Operator
  • Fabricator
  • Filament Cutter
  • Finish Saw Operator
  • Flying Shear Operator
  • Folder Machine Operator
  • Folding Machine Operator
  • Foot Press Operator
  • Forming Press Operator
  • Four Slide Machine Setter
  • Four Slide Operator
  • Friction Saw Operator
  • Gasket Former
  • Gasket Maker
  • Hack Saw Operator
  • Hammer Mill Operator
  • Hammer Operator
  • Heavy Duty Press Operator
  • Hoop Puncher
  • Hot Dimpling Machine Operator
  • Hot Punch Press Operator
  • Hot Saw Operator
  • Hot Stamp Operator
  • Hydropress Operator
  • Iron Bender
  • Ironworker-Machine Operator
  • Jigsawyer
  • Joggle Press Operator
  • Key Cutter
  • Kick Press Operator
  • Kick Press Setter
  • Knuckle Bender
  • Last Sawyer
  • Link Cutter
  • Machine Operator
  • Machine Operator Slitter Technician
  • Machine Setter
  • Machining Associate
  • Manufacturing Assistant
  • Manufacturing Associate
  • Manufacturing Operator
  • Metal and Plastic Sawing Machine Tool Setter
  • Metal and Plastic Shear and Slitter Machine Setter
  • Metal Bending Machine Operator
  • Metal Bonding Press Operator
  • Metal Cut-Off Saw Operator
  • Metal Cut-Off Saw Tender
  • Metal Cutter
  • Metal Punch Press Operator
  • Metal Shaping Machine Operator
  • Metal Slitter
  • Metal Stamper
  • Metal Stamping Machine Operator
  • Metal Trimmer
  • Metal Tube Cutter
  • Metallic Yarn Slitting Machine Operator
  • Mottle Lay Up Operator
  • Nibbler Operator
  • Notcher
  • Notching Machine Operator
  • Nut Blanker Operator
  • Operator
  • Perforator Operator
  • Pierce and Shave Press Operator
  • Pipe Bender
  • Pipe Stem Sawyer
  • Planisher
  • Planishing Press Operator
  • Plastic Cutter
  • Plastic Press Operator
  • Plate Slitter and Inspector
  • Pneumatic Press Hand
  • Power Brake Operator
  • Power Press Tender
  • Press Brake Machine Setter/Set-Up Operator
  • Press Brake Operator
  • Press Machine Operator
  • Press Operator
  • Press Setter
  • Press Setup Operator
  • Printed Circuit Board Panels Trimmer
  • Printed Circuit Boards Die Set-Up Operator
  • Profile Saw Operator
  • Profile Saw Setup Operator
  • Profile Trimmer
  • Punch Machine Hand
  • Punch Machine Operator
  • Punch Press Operator
  • Punch Press Setter
  • Punch-Press Operator
  • Rivet Hole Puncher
  • Rotary Shear Operator
  • Saw Operator
  • Sawyer
  • Scrap Cutter
  • Scraper
  • Screw Cutter
  • Set-Up Operator
  • Setup Technician
  • Shear Operator
  • Shear Setter
  • Shearman
  • Sheet Metal Fabricator
  • Sheeter Operator
  • Sinter Press Operator
  • Sintering Press Operator
  • Sizing Machine Operator
  • Slasher
  • Slat Twister
  • Slitter Operator
  • Slitter Service and Setter
  • Slitting Machine Operator
  • Snap Shearer
  • Spring Coiling Machine Setter
  • Spring Tester
  • Square Cutter
  • Stamp Press Operator
  • Stamping Press Operator
  • Steel Cutter
  • Straight Line Press Setter
  • Straightener
  • Straightening Machine Operator
  • Straightening Press Operator
  • Stretcher Operator
  • Strip Metal Punch and Straightener Operator
  • Swage Tender
  • Swaging Machine Adjuster
  • Sweep Press Operator
  • Table Saw Operator
  • Tablet Machine Operator
  • Tape Control Turret Punch-Press Operator
  • Terminal Press Operator
  • Thermal Cutting Machine Operator
  • Tin Cutter
  • Toggle Press Operator
  • Trim Machine Adjuster
  • Trimmer Machine Operator
  • Trimming Machine Operator
  • Tube Cutter
  • Tubing Machine Tender
  • Turret Punch-Press Operator
  • Twisting Machine Operator
  • Under Cutter
  • Under Cutting Machine Operator
  • Vertical Contour Band-Saw Operator
  • Vertical Punch Operator
  • Wheel Press Operator
  • Wheel Presser
  • Wire Coiner
  • Wire Cutter
  • Wire Machine Cutter
  • Wire Sawyer
  • Wire Straightener
  • Wire Turning Machine Operator
  • Zipper Cutter
  • Zipper Trimmer


  • 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
  • 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
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Production and Processing
  • Computers and Electronics
  • Engineering and Technology
  • Design
  • Mechanical
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Education and Training
  • English Language
  • Public Safety and Security


  • Tasks:

  • Measure completed workpieces to verify conformance to specifications, using micrometers, gauges, calipers, templates, or rulers.
  • Examine completed workpieces for defects, such as chipped edges or marred surfaces and sort defective pieces according to types of flaws.
  • Read work orders or production schedules to determine specifications, such as materials to be used, locations of cutting lines, or dimensions and tolerances.
  • Load workpieces, plastic material, or chemical solutions into machines.
  • Set up, operate, or tend machines to saw, cut, shear, slit, punch, crimp, notch, bend, or straighten metal or plastic material.
  • Start machines, monitor their operations, and record operational data.
  • Test and adjust machine speeds or actions, according to product specifications, using gauges and hand tools.
  • Install, align, and lock specified punches, dies, cutting blades, or other fixtures in rams or beds of machines, using gauges, templates, feelers, shims, and hand tools.
  • Clean and lubricate machines.
  • Position, align, and secure workpieces against fixtures or stops on machine beds or on dies.
  • Scribe reference lines on workpieces as guides for cutting operations, according to blueprints, templates, sample parts, or specifications.
  • Set blade tensions, heights, and angles to perform prescribed cuts, using wrenches.
  • Adjust ram strokes of presses to specified lengths, using hand tools.
  • Place workpieces on cutting tables, manually or using hoists, cranes, or sledges.
  • Position guides, stops, holding blocks, or other fixtures to secure and direct workpieces, using hand tools and measuring devices.
  • Thread ends of metal coils from reels through slitters and secure ends on recoilers.
  • Turn valves to start flow of coolant against cutting areas or to start airflow that blows cuttings away from kerfs.
  • Set stops on machine beds, change dies, and adjust components, such as rams or power presses, when making multiple or successive passes.
  • Lubricate workpieces with oil.
  • Replace defective blades or wheels, using hand tools.
  • Mark identifying data on workpieces.
  • Turn controls to set cutting speeds, feed rates, or table angles for specified operations.
  • Plan sequences of operations, applying knowledge of physical properties of workpiece materials.
  • Hand-form, cut, or finish workpieces, using tools such as table saws, hand sledges, or anvils.
  • Grind out burrs or sharp edges, using portable grinders, speed lathes, or polishing jacks.
  • Sharpen dulled blades, using bench grinders, abrasive wheels, or lathes.
  • Remove housings, feed tubes, tool holders, or other accessories to replace worn or broken parts, such as springs or bushings.
  • Hone cutters with oilstones to remove nicks.
  • Select, clean, and install spacers, rubber sleeves, or cutters on arbors.
  • Preheat workpieces, using heating furnaces or hand torches.
  • Clean work area.
  • Operate forklifts to deliver materials.

  • Tools & Technology:

  • Abrasive wheels
  • Adjustable hand wrenches
  • Allen wrenches
  • Anvils
  • Bench grinders
  • Bench lathes
  • Blanking presses
  • C clamps
  • Claw hammers
  • Cleaning scrapers
  • Combination squares
  • Computer terminals
  • Computerized numerical control CNC turret punching machines
  • Core cutters
  • Crimping machines
  • Cutting machines
  • Dial calipers
  • Die cutting presses
  • Digital micrometers
  • Feeler gauges
  • Forklifts
  • Forming presses
  • Gauge blocks
  • Gear-cutting machines
  • Grease guns
  • Hand nibblers
  • Hand torches
  • Handsaws
  • Handtrucks
  • Heating furnaces
  • Hobbing presses
  • Hoisting equipment
  • Honing stones
  • Hydraulic presses
  • Labeling machines
  • Layout scales
  • Layout templates
  • Lift trucks
  • Locking hand pliers
  • Metal chisels
  • Metal cutting dies
  • Metal scribers
  • Multi-axis computerized numerical control CNC machines
  • Multiple punch presses
  • Notching machines
  • Overhead cranes
  • Pallet jacks
  • Personal computers
  • Portable grinders
  • Power guillotine cutters
  • Power press brakes
  • Power saws
  • Power shears
  • Precision files
  • Precision rulers
  • Protective ear muffs
  • Protractors
  • Punch presses
  • Safety gloves
  • Sawing machines
  • Shear presses
  • Shearing machines
  • Sheet metal hand tongs
  • Shims
  • Sledgehammers
  • Slitting machines
  • Speed lathes
  • Steam cleaning equipment
  • Straight screwdrivers
  • Straightedges
  • Table saws
  • Thermal cutting machines
  • Toggle presses
  • Transit levels
  • Tube benders
  • Turret presses
  • Utility knives
  • Vernier calipers
  • Wire brushes
  • Autodesk AutoCAD software
  • Automated inventory software
  • Computerized numerical control CNC software
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Office software
  • Microsoft Word
  • SAP software
  • Striker Systems SS-Punch


  • production


    industry stats

    SOC: 51-0000

    Total Employed: 9,073,290

    Average Annual Salary: $36,220