Summary Report for:
51-9041.00 - Extruding, Forming, Pressing, and Compacting Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders
Set up, operate, or tend machines, such as glass forming machines, plodder machines, and tuber machines, to shape and form products, such as glassware, food, rubber, soap, brick, tile, clay, wax, tobacco, or cosmetics.
Sample of reported job titles: Extruder Operator, Extrusion Operator, Glass Forming Crew Member, Job Change Crew Member, Machine Operator, Microwave Extruder Operator, Mill Room Machine Operator, Rubber Extrusion Operator, Tuber Operator, Upkeep Mechanic
Tasks | Tools & Technology | Knowledge | Skills | Abilities | Work Activities | Detailed Work Activities | Work Context | Job Zone | Education | Credentials | Interests | Work Styles | Work Values | Related Occupations | Wages & Employment | Job Openings
- Adjust machine components to regulate speeds, pressures, and temperatures, and amounts, dimensions, and flow of materials or ingredients.
- Examine, measure, and weigh materials or products to verify conformance to standards, using measuring devices such as templates, micrometers, or scales.
- Monitor machine operations and observe lights and gauges to detect malfunctions.
- Press control buttons to activate machinery and equipment.
- Turn controls to adjust machine functions, such as regulating air pressure, creating vacuums, and adjusting coolant flow.
- Review work orders, specifications, or instructions to determine materials, ingredients, procedures, components, settings, and adjustments for extruding, forming, pressing, or compacting machines.
- Select and install machine components such as dies, molds, and cutters, according to specifications, using hand tools and measuring devices.
- Record and maintain production data such as meter readings, and quantities, types, and dimensions of materials produced.
- Notify supervisors when extruded filaments fail to meet standards.
- Synchronize speeds of sections of machines when producing products involving several steps or processes.
- Feed products into machines by hand or conveyor.
- Clear jams, and remove defective or substandard materials or products.
- Move materials, supplies, components, and finished products between storage and work areas, using work aids such as racks, hoists, and handtrucks.
- Swab molds with solutions to prevent products from sticking.
- Complete work tickets, and place them with products.
- Activate machines to shape or form products such as candy bars, light bulbs, balloons, or insulation panels.
- Remove molds, mold components, and feeder tubes from machinery after production is complete.
- Remove materials or products from molds or from extruding, forming, pressing, or compacting machines, and stack or store them for additional processing.
- Measure, mix, cut, shape, soften, and join materials and ingredients such as powder, cornmeal, or rubber to prepare them for machine processing.
- Send product samples to laboratories for analysis.
- Thread extruded strips through water tanks and hold-down bars, or attach strands to wires and draw them through tubes.
- Ignite burners to preheat products, or use torches to apply heat.
- Clean dies, arbors, compression chambers, and molds, using swabs, sponges, or air hoses.
- Disassemble equipment to repair it or to replace parts such as nozzles, punches, and filters.
- Pour, scoop, or dump specified ingredients, metal assemblies, or mixtures into sections of machine prior to starting machines.
- Install, align, and adjust neck rings, press plungers, and feeder tubes.
- Couple air and gas lines to machines to maintain plasticity of material and to regulate solidification of final products.
Tools & Technology
Tools used in this occupation:
- Air hoses
- Bench scales — Digital bench scales
- Blow torch — Blow torches
- Calipers — Digital calipers
- Cement or ceramic or glass or similar material molding machines — Compacting machines; Forming machines; Glass forming machines
- Extruders — Computer numerically controlled CNC Extruders; Single screw extruders; Tuber machines; Twin-barrel extrusion machines (see all 7 examples)
- Forklifts — Wheeled forklifts
- Lifts — Power lifts
- Micrometers — Digital micrometers
- Presses — Pressing machines
- Rulers — Precision rulers
- Templates — Machine templates
- Vulcanizing machines — Vulcanizer presses
Technology used in this occupation:
- 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.
- Administration and Management — Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
- 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.
- Active Listening — Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
- Critical Thinking — Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
- Reading Comprehension — Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
- Speaking — Talking to others to convey information effectively.
- Quality Control Analysis — Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.
- Rate Control — The ability to time your movements or the movement of a piece of equipment in anticipation of changes in the speed and/or direction of a moving object or scene.
- Perceptual Speed — The ability to quickly and accurately compare similarities and differences among sets of letters, numbers, objects, pictures, or patterns. The things to be compared may be presented at the same time or one after the other. This ability also includes comparing a presented object with a remembered object.
- Reaction Time — The ability to quickly respond (with the hand, finger, or foot) to a signal (sound, light, picture) when it appears.
- 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.
- Far Vision — The ability to see details at a distance.
- Control Precision — The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Near Vision — The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
- Auditory Attention — The ability to focus on a single source of sound in the presence of other distracting sounds.
- Hearing Sensitivity — The ability to detect or tell the differences between sounds that vary in pitch and loudness.
- Information Ordering — The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
- 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.
- Selective Attention — The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.
- Speech Recognition — The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
- Depth Perception — The ability to judge which of several objects is closer or farther away from you, or to judge the distance between you and an object.
- Speech Clarity — The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
- Static Strength — The ability to exert maximum muscle force to lift, push, pull, or carry objects.
- Visual Color Discrimination — The ability to match or detect differences between colors, including shades of color and brightness.
- Visualization — The ability to imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged.
- Category Flexibility — The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.
- Deductive Reasoning — The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
- Oral Comprehension — The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
- Oral Expression — The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
- Stamina — The ability to exert yourself physically over long periods of time without getting winded or out of breath.
- Trunk Strength — The ability to use your abdominal and lower back muscles to support part of the body repeatedly or continuously over time without 'giving out' or fatiguing.
- Controlling Machines and Processes — Using either control mechanisms or direct physical activity to operate machines or processes (not including computers or vehicles).
- Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events — Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.
- Handling and Moving Objects — Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things.
- Getting Information — Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
- Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates — Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.
- Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material — Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials to identify the cause of errors or other problems or defects.
- Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings — Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems.
- Making Decisions and Solving Problems — Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.
- Documenting/Recording Information — Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.
- Performing General Physical Activities — Performing physical activities that require considerable use of your arms and legs and moving your whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling of materials.
- Training and Teaching Others — Identifying the educational needs of others, developing formal educational or training programs or classes, and teaching or instructing others.
- Processing Information — Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or verifying information or data.
- Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards — Using relevant information and individual judgment to determine whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.
- Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge — Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.
Detailed Work Activities
- Remove products or workpieces from production equipment.
- Mount attachments or tools onto production equipment.
- Select production equipment according to product specifications.
- Read work orders or other instructions to determine product specifications or materials requirements.
- Measure dimensions of completed products or workpieces to verify conformance to specifications.
- Record operational or production data.
- Align parts or workpieces to ensure proper assembly.
- Monitor equipment operation to ensure proper functioning.
- Cut industrial materials in preparation for fabrication or processing.
- Measure ingredients or substances to be used in production processes.
- Review blueprints or other instructions to determine operational methods or sequences.
- Weigh finished products.
- Apply parting agents or other solutions to molds.
- Adjust temperature controls of ovens or other heating equipment.
- Adjust equipment controls to regulate coolant flow.
- Adjust equipment controls to regulate flow of production materials or products.
- Load materials into production equipment.
- Study blueprints or other instructions to determine equipment setup requirements.
- Remove accessories, tools, or other parts from equipment.
- Stack finished items for further processing or shipment.
- Operate metal or plastic forming equipment.
- Inspect metal, plastic, or composite products.
- Feed materials or products into or through equipment.
- Clean production equipment.
- Notify others of equipment repair or maintenance needs.
- Disassemble equipment for maintenance or repair.
- Connect supply lines to production equipment or tools.
- Ignite fuel to activate heating equipment.
- Clear equipment jams.
- Move products, materials, or equipment between work areas.
- Remove workpieces from molds.
- Wear Common Protective or Safety Equipment such as Safety Shoes, Glasses, Gloves, Hearing Protection, Hard Hats, or Life Jackets — 100% responded “Every day.”
- Pace Determined by Speed of Equipment — 64% responded “Extremely important.”
- Exposed to Contaminants — 82% responded “Every day.”
- Face-to-Face Discussions — 59% responded “Every day.”
- Importance of Being Exact or Accurate — 61% responded “Extremely important.”
- Work With Work Group or Team — 57% responded “Extremely important.”
- Spend Time Standing — 75% responded “Continually or almost continually.”
- Spend Time Using Your Hands to Handle, Control, or Feel Objects, Tools, or Controls — 54% responded “Continually or almost continually.”
- Impact of Decisions on Co-workers or Company Results — 47% responded “Very important results.”
- Spend Time Making Repetitive Motions — 52% responded “Continually or almost continually.”
- Contact With Others — 44% responded “Constant contact with others.”
- Time Pressure — 41% responded “Every day.”
- Exposed to Minor Burns, Cuts, Bites, or Stings — 44% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.”
- Frequency of Decision Making — 62% responded “Every day.”
- Importance of Repeating Same Tasks — 34% responded “Extremely important.”
- Indoors, Not Environmentally Controlled — 22% responded “Never.”
- Duration of Typical Work Week — 68% responded “40 hours.”
- Sounds, Noise Levels Are Distracting or Uncomfortable — 42% responded “Every day.”
- Spend Time Walking and Running — 29% responded “About half the time.”
- Consequence of Error — 46% responded “Extremely serious.”
- Very Hot or Cold Temperatures — 39% responded “Every day.”
- Freedom to Make Decisions — 41% responded “Some freedom.”
- Deal With Unpleasant or Angry People — 52% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.”
- Responsibility for Outcomes and Results — 30% responded “Moderate responsibility.”
- Responsible for Others' Health and Safety — 40% responded “Moderate responsibility.”
- Spend Time Bending or Twisting the Body — 47% responded “Less than half the time.”
- Telephone — 32% responded “Every day.”
- Physical Proximity — 41% responded “Moderately close (at arm's length).”
- Frequency of Conflict Situations — 37% responded “Once a month or more but not every week.”
- Structured versus Unstructured Work — 43% responded “Some freedom.”
- Coordinate or Lead Others — 25% responded “Very important.”
- Extremely Bright or Inadequate Lighting — 42% responded “Every day.”
- Degree of Automation — 57% responded “Moderately automated.”
- Exposed to Hazardous Equipment — 39% responded “Never.”
|Title||Job Zone Two: Some Preparation Needed|
|Education||These occupations usually require a high school diploma.|
|Related 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.|
|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.|
|Job Zone Examples||These occupations often involve using your knowledge and skills to help others. Examples include sheet metal workers, forest fire fighters, customer service representatives, physical therapist aides, salespersons (retail), and tellers.|
|SVP Range||(4.0 to < 6.0)|
Percentage of Respondents
|Education Level Required|
|77||High school diploma or equivalent|
|13||Less than high school diploma|
Interest code: RCI
- Realistic — Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others.
- Conventional — Conventional occupations frequently involve following set procedures and routines. These occupations can include working with data and details more than with ideas. Usually there is a clear line of authority to follow.
- Investigative — Investigative occupations frequently involve working with ideas, and require an extensive amount of thinking. These occupations can involve searching for facts and figuring out problems mentally.
- Dependability — Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.
- Attention to Detail — Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.
- Cooperation — Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.
- Adaptability/Flexibility — Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace.
- Independence — Job requires developing one's own ways of doing things, guiding oneself with little or no supervision, and depending on oneself to get things done.
- Stress Tolerance — Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations.
- Initiative — Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.
- Integrity — Job requires being honest and ethical.
- Self Control — Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations.
- Analytical Thinking — Job requires analyzing information and using logic to address work-related issues and problems.
- Persistence — Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles.
- Achievement/Effort — Job requires establishing and maintaining personally challenging achievement goals and exerting effort toward mastering tasks.
- Innovation — Job requires creativity and alternative thinking to develop new ideas for and answers to work-related problems.
- Concern for Others — Job requires being sensitive to others' needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job.
- Leadership — Job requires a willingness to lead, take charge, and offer opinions and direction.
- Social Orientation — Job requires preferring to work with others rather than alone, and being personally connected with others on the job.
- Support — Occupations that satisfy this work value offer supportive management that stands behind employees. Corresponding needs are Company Policies, Supervision: Human Relations and Supervision: Technical.
- Independence — Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to work on their own and make decisions. Corresponding needs are Creativity, Responsibility and Autonomy.
- Relationships — Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to provide service to others and work with co-workers in a friendly non-competitive environment. Corresponding needs are Co-workers, Moral Values and Social Service.
Wages & Employment Trends
|Median wages (2014)||$15.43 hourly, $32,100 annual|
|Employment (2012)||71,000 employees|
|Projected growth (2012-2022)||Decline (-3% or lower)|
|Projected job openings (2012-2022)||19,200|
|Top industries (2012)|
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2014 wage data and 2012-2022 employment projections . "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2012-2022). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.