Sets up, operates, or tends 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.
This career is part of the Manufacturing cluster Manufacturing Production pathway.
A person in this career:
- Adjusts machine components to regulate speeds, pressures, and temperatures, and amounts, dimensions, and flow of materials or ingredients.
- Examines, measures, and weighs materials or products to verify conformance to standards, using measuring devices such as templates, micrometers, or scales.
- Monitors machine operations and observes lights and gauges in order to detect malfunctions.
- Presses control buttons to activate machinery and equipment.
- Turns controls to adjust machine functions, such as regulating air pressure, creating vacuums, and adjusting coolant flow.
- Reviews work orders, specifications, or instructions to determine materials, ingredients, procedures, components, settings, and adjustments for extruding, forming, pressing, or compacting machines.
- Selects and installs machine components such as dies, molds, and cutters, according to specifications, using hand tools and measuring devices.
- Records and maintains production data such as meter readings, and quantities, types, and dimensions of materials produced.
- Notifies supervisors when extruded filaments fail to meet standards.
- Synchronizes speeds of sections of machines when producing products involving several steps or processes.