DETAILED OCCUPATION DATA
51-4021 Extruding and Drawing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic
Occupational Description:Set up, operate, or tend machines to extrude or draw thermoplastic or metal materials into tubes, rods, hoses, wire, bars, or structural shapes.
|Geography||Employment||Emp SE*||Mean||Mean SE*||10th||25th||Median||75th||90th|
|*SE = Standard error, a measure of the statistical reliability of the estimate.|
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|Employment||Median Wage||% Change -|
|Computer-Controlled Machine Tool Operators, Metal and Plastic||90||$19.14/hr||N/A|
|Sheet Metal Workers||20||N/A||N/A|
|Tool and Die Makers||20||N/A||N/A|
|Extruding, Forming, Pressing, and Compacting Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders||10||$12.17/hr||N/A|
Tasks for Extruding and Drawing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic
- Installs dies, machine screws, and sizing rings on machine extruding thermoplastic or metal materials.
- Starts machine and sets controls to regulate vacuum, air pressure, sizing rings, and temperature, and synchronizes speed of extrusion.
- Loads machine hopper with mixed materials, using auger, or stuffs rolls of plastic dough into machine cylinders.
- Operates shearing mechanism to cut rods to specified length.
- Replaces worn dies when products vary from specifications.
- Measures extruded articles for conformance to specifications and adjusts controls to obtain product of specified dimensions.
- Reels extruded product into rolls of specified length and weight.
- Tests physical properties of product with testing devices, such as acid-bath tester, burst tester, and impact tester.
- Examines extruded product for defects, such as wrinkles, bubbles, and splits.
- Studies specifications, determines setup procedures and selects machine dies and parts.
- Adjusts controls to draw or press metal into specified shape and diameter.
- Selects nozzles, spacers, and wire guides, according to diameter and length of rod.
- Weighs and mixes pelletized, granular, or powdered thermoplastic materials and coloring pigments.