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51-6091.00 - Extruding and Forming Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Synthetic and Glass Fibers

Set up, operate, or tend machines that extrude and form continuous filaments from synthetic materials, such as liquid polymer, rayon, and fiberglass.

Sample of reported job titles: Extruder, Extruder Operator, Extrusion Line Operator, Extrusion Operator, Granulator, Hot End Operator, Pelletizer Operator, Pot Tipper, Spindraw Operator, Stretch Operator

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Tasks  |  Technology Skills  |  Tools Used  |  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  |  Additional Information

Tasks

  • Set up, operate, or tend machines that extrude and form filaments from synthetic materials such as rayon, fiberglass, or liquid polymers. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Press buttons to stop machines when processes are complete or when malfunctions are detected. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Notify other workers of defects, and direct them to adjust extruding and forming machines. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Observe machine operations, control boards, and gauges to detect malfunctions such as clogged bushings and defective binder applicators. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Load materials into extruding and forming machines, using hand tools, and adjust feed mechanisms to set feed rates. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Move controls to activate and adjust extruding and forming machines. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Record details of machine malfunctions. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Clean and maintain extruding and forming machines, using hand tools. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Observe flow of finish across finish rollers, and turn valves to adjust flow to specifications. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Remove polymer deposits from spinnerettes and equipment, using silicone spray, brass chisels, and bronze-wool pads. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Press metering-pump buttons and turn valves to stop flow of polymers. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Record operational data on tags, and attach tags to machines. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Start metering pumps and observe operation of machines and equipment to ensure continuous flow of filaments extruded through spinnerettes and to detect processing defects. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Remove excess, entangled, or completed filaments from machines, using hand tools. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Wipe finish rollers with cloths and wash finish trays with water when necessary. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Lower pans inside cabinets to catch molten filaments until flow of polymer through packs has stopped. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Open cabinet doors to cut multifilament threadlines away from guides, using scissors. See more occupations related to this task.

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Technology Skills

  • Industrial control software — Camstar Manufacturing Execution System MES; Statistical process control SPC software See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Spreadsheet software — Microsoft Excel Hot technology See more occupations related to this technology.

Hot technology Hot Technology — a technology requirement frequently included in employer job postings.

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Tools Used

  • Allen wrench — Allen wrench sets See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Analytical balances — Electronic balances See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Blow torch — Gas torches See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Blowers or dryers — Loader dryers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Calipers — Digital calipers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Cleaning scrapers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Conveyor feeders — Gravimetric feeders; Polymer feed systems See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Counters — Fray counters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Dial indicator or dial gauge — Dial indicators See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Electronic counters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Extruders — Glass material extruders; Synthetic material extruders See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Forklifts — Wheeled forklifts See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Furnaces — Industrial ovens See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Gage block set — Gage block sets See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Hopper scale — Weigh feeders See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Humidity sensor — Dryer monitors See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Industrial shrink wrap equipment — Shrink wrappers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Intensive mixers — Color blenders See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Label making machines — Label makers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Ladders — Stepladders See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Laser printers — Computer laser printers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Loading equipment — Haul off machines See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Micrometers — Digital micrometers; Laser micrometers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Multi tool pliers — Multitools See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Open end wrenches — Adjustable open end wrenches See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Personal computers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Power drills See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Power staple guns — Automated staple guns See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Processing tanks — Material hoppers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Pyrometers — Digital pyrometers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Screwdrivers — Phillips screwdrivers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Staple guns — Stapling machines See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Stereo or dissecting light microscopes — Benchtop microscopes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Storage tanks — Vacuum tanks See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Tachometers — Digital tachometers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Tape measures — Measuring tapes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Tension testers — Tensile testers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Thickness measuring devices — Die gauges See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Thread unravelling machine — Yarn splicers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Wire drawing machine — Wire drawing machines See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Wire gauge — Wire gauge testers See more occupations related to this tool.

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Knowledge

  • Production and Processing — Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • English Language — Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • 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. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • Mathematics — Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • Mechanical — Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance. See more occupations related to this knowledge.

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Skills

  • Operation Monitoring — Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Operation and Control — Controlling operations of equipment or systems. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Monitoring — Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • 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. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Complex Problem Solving — Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Coordination — Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Judgment and Decision Making — Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Quality Control Analysis — Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Speaking — Talking to others to convey information effectively. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Time Management — Managing one's own time and the time of others. See more occupations related to this skill.

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Abilities

  • Control Precision — The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • 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. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Near Vision — The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer). See more occupations related to this ability.
  • 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. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • 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. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Oral Comprehension — The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • 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. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • 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. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Reaction Time — The ability to quickly respond (with the hand, finger, or foot) to a signal (sound, light, picture) when it appears. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Deductive Reasoning — The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Inductive Reasoning — The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events). See more occupations related to this ability.
  • 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). See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Oral Expression — The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • 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. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Auditory Attention — The ability to focus on a single source of sound in the presence of other distracting sounds. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Category Flexibility — The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Flexibility of Closure — The ability to identify or detect a known pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) that is hidden in other distracting material. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • 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. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Selective Attention — The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Speech Clarity — The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Time Sharing — The ability to shift back and forth between two or more activities or sources of information (such as speech, sounds, touch, or other sources). See more occupations related to this ability.
  • 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. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Visualization — The ability to imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Written Comprehension — The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing. See more occupations related to this ability.

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Work Activities

  • Getting Information — Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Controlling Machines and Processes — Using either control mechanisms or direct physical activity to operate machines or processes (not including computers or vehicles). See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings — Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events — Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material — Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials to identify the cause of errors or other problems or defects. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Operating Vehicles, Mechanized Devices, or Equipment — Running, maneuvering, navigating, or driving vehicles or mechanized equipment, such as forklifts, passenger vehicles, aircraft, or water craft. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Handling and Moving Objects — Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems — Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Judging the Qualities of Things, Services, or People — Assessing the value, importance, or quality of things or people. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates — Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Processing Information — Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or verifying information or data. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Documenting/Recording Information — Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • 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. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • 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. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Analyzing Data or Information — Identifying the underlying principles, reasons, or facts of information by breaking down information or data into separate parts. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Estimating the Quantifiable Characteristics of Products, Events, or Information — Estimating sizes, distances, and quantities; or determining time, costs, resources, or materials needed to perform a work activity. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Training and Teaching Others — Identifying the educational needs of others, developing formal educational or training programs or classes, and teaching or instructing others. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge — Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Repairing and Maintaining Mechanical Equipment — Servicing, repairing, adjusting, and testing machines, devices, moving parts, and equipment that operate primarily on the basis of mechanical (not electronic) principles. See more occupations related to this activity.

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Detailed Work Activities

  • Operate metal or plastic forming equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Adjust equipment controls to regulate flow of production materials or products. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Notify others of equipment repair or maintenance needs. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Signal others to coordinate work activities. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Monitor equipment operation to ensure proper functioning. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Clean production equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Load materials into production equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Record operational or production data. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Mark products, workpieces, or equipment with identifying information. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Operate pumping systems or equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Watch operating equipment to detect malfunctions. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Maintain production or processing equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Position containers to receive materials or workpieces. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Cut industrial materials in preparation for fabrication or processing. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Adjust equipment controls to regulate flow of water, cleaning solutions, or other liquids. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Adjust temperature controls of ovens or other heating equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Remove products or workpieces from production equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.

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Work Context

  • Wear Common Protective or Safety Equipment such as Safety Shoes, Glasses, Gloves, Hearing Protection, Hard Hats, or Life Jackets — 100% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Face-to-Face Discussions — 95% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Sounds, Noise Levels Are Distracting or Uncomfortable — 75% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Exposed to Contaminants — 72% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Work With Work Group or Team — 73% responded “Extremely important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Indoors, Environmentally Controlled — 70% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Contact With Others — 56% responded “Constant contact with others.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Very Hot or Cold Temperatures — 54% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Frequency of Decision Making — 65% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Duration of Typical Work Week — 58% responded “More than 40 hours.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Importance of Being Exact or Accurate — 74% responded “Very important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Telephone — 64% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Impact of Decisions on Co-workers or Company Results — 47% responded “Very important results.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Using Your Hands to Handle, Control, or Feel Objects, Tools, or Controls — 51% responded “Continually or almost continually.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Time Pressure — 36% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Responsible for Others' Health and Safety — 44% responded “Moderate responsibility.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Consequence of Error — 37% responded “Very serious.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Responsibility for Outcomes and Results — 34% responded “Very high responsibility.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Freedom to Make Decisions See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Coordinate or Lead Others — 22% responded “Important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Electronic Mail — 43% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Pace Determined by Speed of Equipment — 49% responded “Very important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Structured versus Unstructured Work See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Standing — 67% responded “About half the time.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Exposed to Hazardous Equipment — 35% responded “Never.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Importance of Repeating Same Tasks — 52% responded “Important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Indoors, Not Environmentally Controlled — 37% responded “Never.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Physical Proximity — 49% responded “Moderately close (at arm's length).” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Degree of Automation — 47% responded “Moderately automated.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Level of Competition — 15% responded “Extremely competitive.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Frequency of Conflict Situations — 46% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Letters and Memos — 45% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Exposed to Minor Burns, Cuts, Bites, or Stings — 34% responded “Never.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Making Repetitive Motions — 39% responded “Less than half the time.” See more occupations related to this work context.

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Job Zone

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 orderlies, counter and rental clerks, customer service representatives, security guards, upholsterers, and tellers.
SVP Range (4.0 to < 6.0)

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Education


Percentage of Respondents
Education Level Required
74   High school diploma or equivalent Help
19   Less than high school diploma
6   Post-secondary certificate Help

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Credentials

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Interests

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  • 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. See more occupations related to this interest.

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Work Styles

  • Attention to Detail — Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Self Control — Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Integrity — Job requires being honest and ethical. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Dependability — Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Cooperation — Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Persistence — Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Initiative — Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Stress Tolerance — Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Achievement/Effort — Job requires establishing and maintaining personally challenging achievement goals and exerting effort toward mastering tasks. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Adaptability/Flexibility — Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Concern for Others — Job requires being sensitive to others' needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • 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. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Leadership — Job requires a willingness to lead, take charge, and offer opinions and direction. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Social Orientation — Job requires preferring to work with others rather than alone, and being personally connected with others on the job. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Analytical Thinking — Job requires analyzing information and using logic to address work-related issues and problems. See more occupations related to this work style.

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Work Values

  • 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. See more occupations related to this work value.
  • 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. See more occupations related to this work value.
  • Independence — Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to work on their own and make decisions. Corresponding needs are Creativity, Responsibility and Autonomy. See more occupations related to this work value.

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Wages & Employment Trends

Median wages (2018) $16.44 hourly, $34,200 annual
State wages Local Salary Info
 
Employment (2018) 19,000 employees
Projected growth (2018-2028) Decline (-2% or lower) Decline (-2% or lower)
Projected job openings (2018-2028) 2,300
State trends Employment Trends
 
Top industries (2018)

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2018 wage data external site and 2018-2028 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2018-2028). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.

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