Multiple Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic
SOC: 51-4081.00


Set up, operate, or tend more than one type of cutting or forming machine tool or robot.

National Salary Information:

Hourly Statistics:

Annual Statistics:

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 wage data.

Employment Projections:

Employment (2014):
99,800 employed

Projected (2024):
97,300 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:

  • Automatic Wheel-Line Operator
  • Ballistics Laboratory Gunsmith
  • Cell Technician
  • Centrifugal Control Switch Machine Operator
  • CNC Machine Setter (Computer Numerically Controlled Machine Setter)
  • CNC Machinist (Computer Numerically Controlled Machinist)
  • CNC Operator (Computer Numerically Controlled Operator)
  • Combination Machine Tool Operator
  • Combination Machine Tool Setter
  • Die Setter
  • Electrode Turner and Finisher
  • Four-Slide Machine Setter
  • Gear Cutting Machine Set-Up Operator
  • Gear Hobber Set-Up Operator
  • Gear Milling Machine Set-Up Operator
  • Gear Shaper Set-Up Operator
  • Gear Shaver Set-Up Operator
  • Gunsmith
  • Injection Molding Technician
  • Loading Machine Tool Setter
  • Machine Operator
  • Machine Set-Up Operator
  • Machine Set-Up Technician
  • Machine Setter
  • Machine Technician
  • Machine Tool Operator
  • Machine Try-Out Setter
  • Machinist
  • Manufacturing Assistant
  • Manufacturing Associate
  • Manufacturing Operator
  • Metal and Plastic Combination Machine Tool Operator
  • Metal and Plastic Combination Machine Tool Setter
  • Metal and Plastic Transfer Machine Operator
  • Multi-Operation Forming Machine Operator
  • Multi-operation Forming Machine Setter
  • Operator
  • Ornamental Metal Worker
  • Ornamental Metal Worker Apprentice
  • Production Gear Cutting Machine Operator
  • Production Machine Tender
  • Rim Roller Operator
  • Rim Technician
  • Set-Up Person
  • Shear Operator
  • Spiral Bevel Gear Generator Set-Up Operator
  • Spring Maker
  • Spring Manufacturing Set-Up Technician
  • Straight Bevel Gear Generator Set-Up Operator
  • Test and Turn-Up Technician
  • Tool Gear Cutting Machine Set-Up Operator
  • Tool Machine Setup Operator
  • Tool Operator
  • Transfer Machine Operator
  • Trim Machine Operator
  • Utility Operator

  • Job Zone Two: Some Preparation Needed


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


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

  • Tasks:

  • Inspect workpieces for defects, and measure workpieces to determine accuracy of machine operation, using rules, templates, or other measuring instruments.
  • Observe machine operation to detect workpiece defects or machine malfunctions, adjusting machines as necessary.
  • Read blueprints or job orders to determine product specifications and tooling instructions and to plan operational sequences.
  • Set up and operate machines, such as lathes, cutters, shears, borers, millers, grinders, presses, drills, and auxiliary machines, to make metallic and plastic workpieces.
  • Position, adjust, and secure stock material or workpieces against stops, on arbors, or in chucks, fixtures, or automatic feeding mechanisms, manually or using hoists.
  • Select, install, and adjust alignment of drills, cutters, dies, guides, and holding devices, using templates, measuring instruments, and hand tools.
  • Change worn machine accessories, such as cutting tools and brushes, using hand tools.
  • Make minor electrical and mechanical repairs and adjustments to machines and notify supervisors when major service is required.
  • Start machines and turn handwheels or valves to engage feeding, cooling, and lubricating mechanisms.
  • Perform minor machine maintenance, such as oiling or cleaning machines, dies, or workpieces, or adding coolant to machine reservoirs.
  • Select the proper coolants and lubricants and start their flow.
  • Remove burrs, sharp edges, rust, or scale from workpieces, using files, hand grinders, wire brushes, or power tools.
  • Instruct other workers in machine set-up and operation.
  • Record operational data such as pressure readings, lengths of strokes, feed rates, and speeds.
  • Extract or lift jammed pieces from machines, using fingers, wire hooks, or lift bars.
  • Set machine stops or guides to specified lengths as indicated by scales, rules, or templates.
  • Move controls or mount gears, cams, or templates in machines to set feed rates and cutting speeds, depths, and angles.
  • Compute data such as gear dimensions and machine settings, applying knowledge of shop mathematics.
  • Align layout marks with dies or blades.
  • Measure and mark reference points and cutting lines on workpieces, using traced templates, compasses, and rules.

  • Tools & Technology:

  • Adjustable wrenches
  • Band saws
  • Blow-molding machines
  • Boring tools
  • Buffing machines
  • Claw hammers
  • Compasses
  • Computer numerical controlled CNC milling machines
  • Cutting machines
  • Desktop computers
  • Drafting scales
  • Extruding machines
  • Face masks
  • Gear hobbers
  • Grease guns
  • Grinding machines
  • Hand grinders
  • Hand shears
  • Height gauges
  • Injection molding machines
  • Lathe machines
  • Lift bars
  • Lifting hooks
  • Locking pliers
  • Mechanical booms
  • Metal cutting dies
  • Metal cutting taps
  • Micrometers
  • Milling machines
  • Overhead cranes
  • Planing machines
  • Polishing machines
  • Power drills
  • Power hoists
  • Power press brakes
  • Protective ear plugs
  • Punching machines
  • Robotic loading equipment
  • Safety glasses
  • Self-contained breathing apparatus
  • Single-cut mill saw files
  • Slitting machines
  • Steel rules
  • Straight screwdrivers
  • Tangent benders
  • Templates
  • Tube benders
  • Turning machines
  • Wing benders
  • Wire brushes
  • Data entry software
  • Email software
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Office software
  • Spreadsheet software
  • Word processing software

  • production

    industry stats

    SOC: 51-0000

    Total Employed: 9,073,290

    Average Annual Salary: $36,220