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Cutting/Slicing Machine Worker  What They Do

Just the Facts


Sets up, operates, or tends machines that cut or slice materials, such as glass, stone, cork, rubber, tobacco, food, paper, or insulating material.

This career is part of the Manufacturing cluster Manufacturing Production pathway.


A person in this career:

  • Examines, measures, and weighs materials or products to verify conformance to specifications, using measuring devices such as rulers, micrometers, or scales.
  • Sets up, operates, or tends machines that cut or slice materials, such as glass, stone, cork, rubber, tobacco, food, paper, or insulating material.
  • Stacks and sorts cut material for packaging, further processing, or shipping, according to types and sizes of material.
  • Reviews work orders, blueprints, specifications, or job samples to determine components, settings, and adjustments for cutting and slicing machines.
  • Types instructions on computer keyboards, pushes buttons to activate computer programs, or manually set cutting guides, clamps, and knives.
  • Removes defective or substandard materials from machines, and readjusts machine components so that products meet standards.
  • Presses buttons, pull levers, or depresses pedals to start and operate cutting and slicing machines.
  • Maintains production records, such as quantities, types, and dimensions of materials produced.
  • Adjusts machine controls to alter position, alignment, speed, or pressure.
  • Monitors operation of cutting or slicing machines to detect malfunctions or to determine whether supplies need replenishment.

Working Conditions and Physical Demands

People who do this job report that:

  • You would often handle loads up to 10 lbs., sometimes up to 20 lbs. You might do a lot of walking or standing, or you might sit but use your arms and legs to control machines, equipment or tools.
  • Work in this occupation involves bending or twisting your body more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves use of protective items such as safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hearing protection, a hard hat, or personal flotation devices
  • Exposure to pollutants, gases, dust, fumes, odors, poor ventilation, etc.
  • Requires getting into awkward positions
  • Conditions are very hot (above 90 F) or very cold (under 32 F)
  • Work in this occupation involves using your hands to hold, control, and feel objects more than one-third of the time
  • Exposed to hazardous equipment such as saws, machinery, or vehicular traffic more than once a month
  • Work in this occupation requires being inside most of the time
  • Sound and noise levels are loud and distracting
  • Work in this occupation involves making repetitive motions more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves standing more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves walking or running more than one-third of the time

Working in this career involves (physical activities):

  • Judging how far away an object is, or which of several objects is closer or farther away
  • Bending, stretching, twisting, or reaching
  • Seeing clearly at a distance
  • Seeing clearly up close
  • Speaking clearly enough to be able to be understood by others
  • Lifting, pushing, pulling, or carrying objects
  • Using abdominal and lower back muscles repeatedly or over time without tiring

Work Hours and Travel

  • Rotating shift work

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