Cutting and Slicing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders
SOC: 51-9032.00

Description:

Set up, operate, or tend machines that cut or slice materials, such as glass, stone, cork, rubber, tobacco, food, paper, or insulating material.


National Salary Information:

Hourly Statistics:

Annual Statistics:

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 wage data.


Employment Projections:

Employment (2014):
63,600 employed

Projected (2024):
58,400 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:

  • Abrasive Sawyer
  • Almond Cutting Machine Tender
  • Angle Shearer
  • Apple Peeler Operator
  • Applique Cutter
  • Arch Cushion Skiving Machine Operator
  • Automatic Glass Cutting Machine Operator
  • Automatic Outsole Cutter
  • Automatic Steel Tie Adjuster
  • Bag Cutter
  • Balloon Maker
  • Band Cutter
  • Band Saw Operator
  • Band Sawing Machine Operator
  • Bead Trimmer
  • Beam Press Operator
  • Beater Dumper
  • Beater Engineer
  • Beater Machine Operator
  • Beater Operator
  • Beater Tender
  • Belt Cutter
  • Bias Cutter
  • Bias Machine Operator
  • Binder Cutter
  • Binder Layer
  • Bindery Operator
  • Block Cutter
  • Block Splitter Operator
  • Blockers Skiver
  • Blue Prints Trimmer
  • Book Binder
  • Book Trimmer
  • Booker
  • Bread Slicer, Machine
  • Brick Setter Operator
  • Brush Machine Setter
  • Button Breaker
  • Button Decorating Machine Operator
  • Cap Cutter
  • Carbon Cutter
  • Card Cutter
  • Carver
  • Celery Cutter
  • Char Belt Operator
  • Cheese Cutter
  • Cheese Handler
  • Chipper
  • Chopper
  • Circle Shear Operator
  • Circular Knife Machine Cutter
  • Citrus Peeler
  • Clicker
  • Clicker Operator
  • Clicking Machine Operator
  • Clipper
  • Comb Machine Operator
  • Compensator
  • Computer Numerical Control Operator (CNC Operator)
  • Concaving Machine Operator
  • Concrete Saw Operator
  • Converting Operator
  • Cord Cutter
  • Core Cutter and Reamer
  • Cork Cutter
  • Corn Cutter
  • Corner Cutter
  • Counter Cutter
  • Cover Cutter
  • Crayon Sawyer
  • Crystal Cutter
  • Cube Cutter
  • Cut Off Operator Scorer
  • Cut-Lace Machine Operator
  • Cut-Off Machine Operator
  • Cutter
  • Cutter Down
  • Cutter Finisher
  • Cutter Machine Tender
  • Cutter Operator
  • Cutter Out
  • Cutter Tender
  • Cutting and Creasing Press Operator
  • Cutting Machine Operator
  • Cutting Machine Tender
  • Cutting Press Person
  • Cutting Pressman
  • Cylinder Die Machine Operator
  • Debeader
  • Decal Cutter
  • Decorative Cutting Machine Tender
  • Defective Cigarette Slitter
  • Deskidding Machine Operator
  • Diamond Cutter
  • Die Cutter
  • Die Cutter Operator
  • Die Cutting Machine Operator
  • Die Stamper
  • Dog Food Shredder Operator
  • Drum Operator
  • Edge Trimmer
  • Emblem Cutter
  • Excelsior Cutter
  • Feather Sawyer
  • Fiber Product Cutting Machine Operator
  • Fifth Hand
  • Filler Shredder
  • First Beater
  • Fish Cleaner Machine Tender
  • Flake Cutter Operator
  • Flat Cutter
  • Flat Machine Cutter
  • Fleshing Machine Operator
  • Fluid Jet Cutter Operator
  • Foil Stamp Operator
  • Folder Operator
  • Fourth Hand
  • Foxer
  • Foxing Cutting Machine Operator
  • Frozen Meat Cutter
  • Fruit Peeler
  • Fur Cutter
  • Gauge Operator
  • Glass Cut-Off Tender
  • Glass Cutter
  • Glass Cutting Machine Operator
  • Glove Cutter
  • Graduating Machine Operator
  • Granulating Machine Operator
  • Groover
  • Groover and Turner
  • Groover Operator
  • Groover Runner
  • Grooving Machine Operator
  • Guillotine Operator
  • Guillotine Trimmer
  • Gum Scoring Machine Operator
  • Hasher
  • Hasher Machine Operator
  • Hasher Operator
  • Head Insulation Board Saw Operator
  • Heel Gouger
  • Hot Die Press Operator
  • Hot Die-Press Operator
  • Hot Mill Shearer
  • Hydraulic Press Operator
  • Ice Crusher
  • Ice Cutter
  • Ice Grinder
  • Inseam Trimmer
  • Insert Cutter
  • Insole Beveler
  • Insulation Batting Machine Operator
  • Insulation Cutter
  • Insulation Cutter and Former
  • Knife Operator
  • Lap Cutter
  • Last Pattern Grader
  • Lay-Ups Assembler
  • Leather Carver
  • Leather Cutter
  • Leather Heel Breaster
  • Lens Cutter
  • Lining Cutter
  • Link Cutter
  • Lip-of-Shank Cutter
  • Loop Cutter
  • Looper
  • Machine Cutter
  • Machine Featheredger and Reducer
  • Machine Filler Shredder
  • Machine Heel-Seat Fitter
  • Machine Joint Cutter
  • Machine Leather Trimmer
  • Machine Operator
  • Machine Operator Slitter Technician
  • Machine Rough Rounder
  • Machine Skiver
  • Machine Splitter
  • Machine Stonecutter
  • Machine Stripper-Cutter
  • Machine Trimmer
  • Machine Zipper Trimmer
  • Manufacturing Assistant
  • Manufacturing Associate
  • Manufacturing Operator
  • Mink Slicer
  • Miter Cutter
  • Molded Rubber Goods Cutter
  • Molding Cutter
  • Mooner
  • Mottle Lay Up Operator
  • Mushroom Cutter
  • Nail Cutter
  • Narrow Belt Cutter
  • Nicker
  • Optical Glass Sawyer
  • Pad Cutter
  • Panel Machine Operator
  • Panel Machine Setter
  • Paper Box Cutter
  • Paper Cutter
  • Paper Cutting Machine Operator
  • Paper Slitter
  • Paring Machine Operator
  • Partition Making Machine Operator
  • Pattern Cutter
  • Peeler
  • Pepper Cutter
  • Perforating Machine Operator
  • Pickle Cutter
  • Pinker
  • Pinking Machine Operator
  • Pipe Blanks Cut-Off Saw Operator
  • Pipe Cutter
  • Pitting Machine Operator
  • Plate Shear Operator
  • Platen Press Operator
  • Plug Cutter
  • Plug Cutting Machine Operator
  • Ply Cutter
  • Pole-Peeling Machine Operator
  • Potato Peeler
  • Powder Cutting Operator
  • Power Shear Operator
  • Press Cutter
  • Presser
  • Print Cutter
  • Pulp Beater
  • Quartz Cutter
  • Quartz Mounter
  • Rag Cutting Machine Tender
  • Rawhide Trimmer
  • Ream Cutter
  • Record Cutter
  • Refractory Grinder Operator
  • Ripper
  • Ripshear Operator
  • Rock Cutter
  • Rock Splitter
  • Roll Cutter
  • Roll Sheeting Cutter
  • Roll Slicing Machine Tender
  • Roll-Up Guider Operator
  • Rope Cutter
  • Rotary Cutter
  • Rotary Cutter Operator
  • Rotary Machine Operator
  • Rotary Operator
  • Round Corner Cutter Operator
  • Rounder
  • Rounding Machine Operator
  • Rubber Cutter
  • Rubber Cutting Machine Tender
  • Rubber Splicer
  • Rubber Trimmer
  • Saddle Cutter
  • Saddle Stitcher Operator
  • Saddler
  • Sample Book Maker
  • Sample Box Maker
  • Sample Cutter
  • Sample Sawyer
  • Saw Operator
  • Sawyer
  • Scabbler
  • Scaling Machine Operator
  • Scroll Shear Operator
  • Seed Potato Cutter
  • Shade Cutter
  • Shaping Machine Operator
  • Shaving Machine Operator
  • Shear Operator
  • Shear Setter
  • Shearer
  • Shearing Machine Feeder
  • Shearing Machine Operator
  • Shearing Machine Tender
  • Sheet Taker
  • Sheeter
  • Sheeter Operator
  • Shredder
  • Shredder Tender
  • Sink Cutter
  • Sizing Machine Tender
  • Ski Top Trimmer
  • Skiver
  • Skiver Operator
  • Slasher
  • Slate Cutter
  • Slate Trimmer
  • Slice Plug Cutter Operator
  • Slicing Machine Operator
  • Slicing Machine Operator/Tender
  • Slitter
  • Slitter Cut Off Operator
  • Slitter-Scorer
  • Slitter-Scorer-Cut-Off Operator
  • Slitting Machine Operator
  • Slotter Operator
  • Smoking Tobacco Cutter Operator
  • Splitter Operator
  • Splitter Tender
  • Splitting Machine Operator
  • Square Shear Operator
  • Squaring Shear Operator
  • Stem Cutter
  • Stock Cutter
  • Stock Layer
  • Stone Circular Sawyer
  • Stone Driller
  • Stone Gang Sawyer
  • Stone Lathe Operator
  • Stone Sawyer
  • Stone Splitter
  • Stone Trimmer
  • Straight Knife Machine Cutter
  • Strap Cutting Machine Operator
  • Strip Cutter
  • Strip Cutting Machine Operator
  • Stripper
  • Sugar Chipper Machine Operator
  • Tablet Machine Operator
  • Tablet Making Machine Operator
  • Tack Cutter
  • Tape Cutter
  • Tenoner Operator
  • Three Knife Trimmer
  • Threshing Operator
  • Tile Power Shear Operator
  • Tip Cutter
  • Tire Regrooving Machine Operator
  • Tobacco Cutter
  • Top Cutter
  • Tread Cutter
  • Trimmer
  • Trimmer Machine Operator
  • Trimmer Operator
  • Trimming Cutter
  • Trimming Machine Operator
  • Trimming Operator
  • Tube Cutter
  • Tube Cutter Operator
  • Tube Sizer and Cutter Operator
  • Tube Sizer Operator
  • Tube Skiver
  • Tuber Machine Cutter
  • Type Cutter
  • Umbrella Cutter
  • Unhairer
  • Unhairing Machine Operator
  • Unishear Operator
  • V Belt Skiver
  • V Groove Cutter
  • Vegetable Cutter
  • Vibrator Operator
  • Warehouse Attendant
  • Washer Engineer
  • Watch Crystal Cutter
  • Wax Cutter
  • Welt Cutter
  • Width Stripper
  • Winder Operator
  • Window Cutter
  • Window Shade Cutter
  • Wire Sawyer
  • Wire Turning Machine Operator
  • Woodwind Reeds Cutter
  • Zipper Cutter


  • 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
  • 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
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Personnel and Human Resources
  • Production and Processing
  • Computers and Electronics
  • Engineering and Technology
  • Design
  • Mechanical
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Psychology
  • Education and Training
  • English Language
  • Public Safety and Security
  • Telecommunications
  • Communications and Media
  • Transportation


  • Tasks:

  • Examine, measure, and weigh materials or products to verify conformance to specifications, using measuring devices such as rulers, micrometers, or scales.
  • Set up, operate, or tend machines that cut or slice materials, such as glass, stone, cork, rubber, tobacco, food, paper, or insulating material.
  • Stack and sort cut material for packaging, further processing, or shipping, according to types and sizes of material.
  • Review work orders, blueprints, specifications, or job samples to determine components, settings, and adjustments for cutting and slicing machines.
  • Type instructions on computer keyboards, push buttons to activate computer programs, or manually set cutting guides, clamps, and knives.
  • Remove defective or substandard materials from machines, and readjust machine components so that products meet standards.
  • Press buttons, pull levers, or depress pedals to start and operate cutting and slicing machines.
  • Adjust machine controls to alter position, alignment, speed, or pressure.
  • Maintain production records, such as quantities, types, and dimensions of materials produced.
  • Monitor operation of cutting or slicing machines to detect malfunctions or to determine whether supplies need replenishment.
  • Start machines to verify setups, and make any necessary adjustments.
  • Remove completed materials or products from cutting or slicing machines, and stack or store them for additional processing.
  • Select and install machine components such as cutting blades, rollers, and templates, according to specifications, using hand tools.
  • Move stock or scrap to and from machines manually, or by using carts, handtrucks, or lift trucks.
  • Clean and lubricate cutting machines, conveyors, blades, saws, or knives, using steam hoses, scrapers, brushes, or oil cans.
  • Operate cranes, or signal crane operators to position or remove stone from cars or saw beds.
  • Feed stock into cutting machines, onto conveyors, or under cutting blades, by threading, guiding, pushing, or turning handwheels.
  • Position stock along cutting lines, or against stops on beds of scoring or cutting machines.
  • Start pumps to circulate water and abrasives onto blades or cables during cutting.
  • Change or replace saw blades, cables, cutter heads, and grinding wheels, using hand tools.
  • Mark cutting lines or identifying information on stock, using marking pencils, rulers, or scribes.
  • Turn cranks or press buttons to activate winches that move cars under sawing cables or saw frames.
  • Position width gauge blocks between blades, and level blades and insert wedges into frames to secure blades to frames.
  • Direct workers on cutting teams.
  • Tighten pulleys or add abrasives to maintain cutting speeds.
  • Cut stock manually to prepare for machine cutting, using tools such as knives, cleavers, handsaws, or hammers and chisels.
  • Sharpen cutting blades, knives, or saws, using files, bench grinders, or honing stones.
  • Wash stones, using water hoses.

  • Tools & Technology:

  • Automatic chucking machines
  • Benchtop grinders
  • Boring mills
  • Cleaning brushes
  • Cleaning scrapers
  • Computer numerically controlled CNC cutting machines
  • Conveyor belt systems
  • Cutoff saws
  • Digital bench scales
  • Digital calipers
  • Digital micrometers
  • Flat cold chisels
  • Floor-mounted drill presses
  • Food slicing machines
  • Forklifts
  • Guillotines
  • Handsaws
  • Honing stones
  • Hydraulic cutters
  • I-beam jib cranes
  • Laser cutters
  • Layout squares
  • Marking scribes
  • Measuring tapes
  • Multipurpose hammers
  • Multipurpose screwdrivers
  • Oil dispensing cans
  • Overhead cranes
  • Pallet jacks
  • Paper cutting machines
  • Personal computers
  • Plasma cutters
  • Precision file sets
  • Precision rulers
  • Steam hoses
  • Trimming presses
  • Utility knives
  • Warehouse carts
  • Warehouse hand trucks
  • Data entry software
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Outlook
  • Microsoft Word


  • production


    industry stats

    SOC: 51-0000

    Total Employed: 9,073,290

    Average Annual Salary: $36,220