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Cutting, Punching, and Press Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic

Set up, operate, or tend machines to saw, cut, shear, slit, punch, crimp, notch, bend, or straighten metal or plastic material.   (O'Net 51-4031.00)

 
Reported job titles:   Adjuster, Angle Shear Operator, Angle Shear Set Up Operator, Arbor Press Operator, Automatic Punch-Press Operator, Automatic Screwmaker, Automobile Bumper Straightener, Bander Operator, Banding Machine Operator, Bench Shear Operator, Bender Machine Operator, Bending Machine Set Up Operator, Bending Roll Hand, Bending Roll Operator, Beveler, Billet Cutter, Billet Shearer, Blanker, Bliss Press Operator, Body Press Operator, Bolt Cutter, Brake Machine Operator, Brake Press Operator, Brass Cutter, Brass-Wind Instruments Tube Bender, Bullet Assembly Press Operator, Calender Roll Press Operator, Can Cutter, Center Punch Operator, Clearance Cutter, Clincher, Clinching Machine Operator, Coil Cutter, Coil Shaper, Cold Saw Operator, Corner Former, Crimping Machine Operator, Crimping Machine Operator for Metal, Crimping Press Operator, Cut Off Saw Set Up Operator, Cut-Off Machine Operator, Cutter, Cutting and Creasing Press Operator, Debridging Machine Operator, Diamond Saw Operator, Dicer Operator, Die Cutter, Die Setter, Digital Press Operator, Dimpling Machine Operator, Dinkey Press Operator, Draw Press Operator, Drawing Press Operator, Duplicator Punch Operator, Duplicator Punch Set Up Operator, Equipment Technician, Fabrication Machine Operator, Fabrication Operator, Fabricator, Filament Cutter, Finish Saw Operator, Flying Shear Operator, Folder Machine Operator, Folding Machine Operator, Foot Press Operator, Forming Press Operator, Four Slide Machine Setter, Four Slide Operator, Friction Saw Operator, Gasket Former, Gasket Maker, Hack Saw Operator, Hammer Mill Operator, Hammer Operator, Heavy Duty Press Operator, Hoop Puncher, Hot Dimpling Machine Operator, Hot Punch Press Operator, Hot Saw Operator, Hot Stamp Operator, Hydropress Operator, Iron Bender, Ironworker-Machine Operator, Jigsawyer, Joggle Press Operator, Key Cutter, Kick Press Operator, Kick Press Setter, Knuckle Bender, Last Sawyer, Link Cutter, Machine Operator, Machine Operator Slitter Technician, Machine Setter, Machining Associate, Manufacturing Assistant, Manufacturing Associate, Manufacturing Operator, Metal and Plastic Sawing Machine Tool Setter, Metal and Plastic Shear and Slitter Machine Setter, Metal Bending Machine Operator, Metal Bonding Press Operator, Metal Cut-Off Saw Operator, Metal Cut-Off Saw Tender, Metal Cutter, Metal Punch Press Operator, Metal Shaping Machine Operator, Metal Slitter, Metal Stamper, Metal Stamping Machine Operator, Metal Trimmer, Metal Tube Cutter, Metallic Yarn Slitting Machine Operator, Mottle Lay Up Operator, Nibbler Operator, Notcher, Notching Machine Operator, Nut Blanker Operator, Operator, Perforator Operator, Pierce and Shave Press Operator, Pipe Bender, Pipe Stem Sawyer, Planisher, Planishing Press Operator, Plastic Cutter, Plastic Press Operator, Plate Slitter and Inspector, Pneumatic Press Hand, Power Brake Operator, Power Press Tender, Press Brake Machine Setter/Set-Up Operator, Press Brake Operator, Press Machine Operator, Press Operator, Press Setter, Press Setup Operator, Printed Circuit Board Panels Trimmer, Printed Circuit Boards Die Set-Up Operator, Profile Saw Operator, Profile Saw Setup Operator, Profile Trimmer, Punch Machine Hand, Punch Machine Operator, Punch Press Operator, Punch Press Setter, Punch-Press Operator, Rivet Hole Puncher, Rotary Shear Operator, Saw Operator, Sawyer, Scrap Cutter, Scraper, Screw Cutter, Set-Up Operator, Setup Technician, Shear Operator, Shear Setter, Shearman, Sheet Metal Fabricator, Sheeter Operator, Sinter Press Operator, Sintering Press Operator, Sizing Machine Operator, Slasher, Slat Twister, Slitter Operator, Slitter Service and Setter, Slitting Machine Operator, Snap Shearer, Spring Coiling Machine Setter, Spring Tester, Square Cutter, Stamp Press Operator, Stamping Press Operator, Steel Cutter, Straight Line Press Setter, Straightener, Straightening Machine Operator, Straightening Press Operator, Stretcher Operator, Strip Metal Punch and Straightener Operator, Swage Tender, Swaging Machine Adjuster, Sweep Press Operator, Table Saw Operator, Tablet Machine Operator, Tape Control Turret Punch-Press Operator, Terminal Press Operator, Thermal Cutting Machine Operator, Tin Cutter, Toggle Press Operator, Trim Machine Adjuster, Trimmer Machine Operator, Trimming Machine Operator, Tube Cutter, Tubing Machine Tender, Turret Punch-Press Operator, Twisting Machine Operator, Under Cutter, Under Cutting Machine Operator, Vertical Contour Band-Saw Operator, Vertical Punch Operator, Wheel Press Operator, Wheel Presser, Wire Coiner, Wire Cutter, Wire Machine Cutter, Wire Sawyer, Wire Straightener, Wire Turning Machine Operator, Zipper Cutter, Zipper Trimmer
 
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    Wages
    for Cutting, Punching, and Press Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic
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     Location Pay
    Period
    2016
    Percentile Wages Average
    Wage
    10% 25% 50%
    Median
    75% 90%
     Vermont Hourly $ 10.95   $ 12.68   $ 14.69   $ 17.77   $ 21.40   $ 15.54  
    Yearly $22,780   $26,380   $30,560   $36,960   $44,500   $32,320  
     
     Burlington-South Burlington, VT Metropolitan NECTA Hourly $ 11.34   $ 12.70   $ 14.11   $ 16.38   $ 23.42   $ 15.29  
    Yearly $23,580   $26,410   $29,360   $34,080   $48,720   $31,790  
     
     Southern Vermont Balance of State Hourly $ 11.47   $ 12.90   $ 14.63   $ 17.29   $ 19.23   $ 15.03  
    Yearly $23,870   $26,830   $30,420   $35,960   $40,010   $31,260  
     
     Northern Vermont Balance of State Hourly $ 10.50   $ 11.89   $ 15.25   $ 18.88   $ 25.69   $ 16.32  
    Yearly $21,830   $24,730   $31,730   $39,280   $53,420   $33,950  
     
    What are Percentile Wages?
    source: Occupational Employment Statistics, Vermont Labor Market Information, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, released April 2017.
     


    Employment Trends
    for Cutting, Punching, and Press Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic
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    Location Employment Annual % change
    (compounded)
    Annual job openings
    (due to growth and
    net replacements)
    2014 2024
    Vermont 247 207 -1.8% 3
    source: Employment Projections, Vermont Economic & Labor Market Information, in cooperation with U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, statewide estimates released July 2016.
     


    Industries of Employment
    for Cutting, Punching, and Press Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic
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    Industry Percent of Total
    2014
    Fabricated metal product manufacturing 30.2%
    Transportation equipment manufacturing 14.5%
    Administrative and support services 11.3%
    Machinery manufacturing 10.2%
    Plastics and rubber products manufacturing 8.7%
    source: Employment Projections, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, National Employment Matrix, released July 2016.
     


    Tasks
    for Cutting, Punching, and Press Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic
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  • Measure completed workpieces to verify conformance to specifications, using micrometers, gauges, calipers, templates, or rulers.
     
  • Examine completed workpieces for defects, such as chipped edges or marred surfaces and sort defective pieces according to types of flaws.
     
  • Read work orders or production schedules to determine specifications, such as materials to be used, locations of cutting lines, or dimensions and tolerances.
     
  • Load workpieces, plastic material, or chemical solutions into machines.
     
  • Set up, operate, or tend machines to saw, cut, shear, slit, punch, crimp, notch, bend, or straighten metal or plastic material.
     
  • Start machines, monitor their operations, and record operational data.
     
  • Test and adjust machine speeds or actions, according to product specifications, using gauges and hand tools.
     
  • Install, align, and lock specified punches, dies, cutting blades, or other fixtures in rams or beds of machines, using gauges, templates, feelers, shims, and hand tools.
     
  • Clean and lubricate machines.
     
  • Position, align, and secure workpieces against fixtures or stops on machine beds or on dies.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Cutting, Punching, and Press Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic  updated June 2006
     


    Knowledge
    for Cutting, Punching, and Press Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic
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  • Production and Processing - Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.
     
  • Administration and Management - Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
     
  • Education and Training - Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
     
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
     
  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
     
  • Mechanical - Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Cutting, Punching, and Press Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic  updated June 2006
     


    Skills
    for Cutting, Punching, and Press Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic
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  • Operation Monitoring - Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
     
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
     
  • Operation and Control - Controlling operations of equipment or systems.
     
  • Quality Control Analysis - Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.
     
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
     
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
     
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
     
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Cutting, Punching, and Press Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic  updated June 2010
     


    Abilities
    for Cutting, Punching, and Press Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic
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  • Arm-Hand Steadiness - The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.
     
  • Control Precision - The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.
     
  • Near Vision - The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
     
  • Multilimb Coordination - The ability to coordinate two or more limbs (for example, two arms, two legs, or one leg and one arm) while sitting, standing, or lying down. It does not involve performing the activities while the whole body is in motion.
     
  • Problem Sensitivity - The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
     
  • Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
     
  • Finger Dexterity - The ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects.
     
  • Manual Dexterity - The ability to quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.
     
  • Rate Control - The ability to time your movements or the movement of a piece of equipment in anticipation of changes in the speed and/or direction of a moving object or scene.
     
  • Selective Attention - The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Cutting, Punching, and Press Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic  updated June 2006
     


    Work Activities
    for Cutting, Punching, and Press Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic
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  • Controlling Machines and Processes - Using either control mechanisms or direct physical activity to operate machines or processes (not including computers or vehicles).
     
  • Handling and Moving Objects - Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things.
     
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates - Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.
     
  • Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material - Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials to identify the cause of errors or other problems or defects.
     
  • Documenting/Recording Information - Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.
     
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events - Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.
     
  • Getting Information - Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
     
  • Performing General Physical Activities - Performing physical activities that require considerable use of your arms and legs and moving your whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling of materials.
     
  • Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings - Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems.
     
  • Judging the Qualities of Things, Services, or People - Assessing the value, importance, or quality of things or people.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Cutting, Punching, and Press Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic  updated June 2006
     


    Interests
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  • Realistic - Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others.
     
  • Conventional - Conventional occupations frequently involve following set procedures and routines. These occupations can include working with data and details more than with ideas. Usually there is a clear line of authority to follow.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Cutting, Punching, and Press Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic  updated June 2008
     


    Work Styles
    for Cutting, Punching, and Press Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic
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  • Attention to Detail - Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.
     
  • Dependability - Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.
     
  • Cooperation - Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.
     
  • Integrity - Job requires being honest and ethical.
     
  • Self Control - Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations.
     
  • Concern for Others - Job requires being sensitive to others' needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job.
     
  • Independence - Job requires developing one's own ways of doing things, guiding oneself with little or no supervision, and depending on oneself to get things done.
     
  • Adaptability/Flexibility - Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace.
     
  • Initiative - Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.
     
  • Achievement/Effort - Job requires establishing and maintaining personally challenging achievement goals and exerting effort toward mastering tasks.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Cutting, Punching, and Press Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic  updated June 2006
     


    State of Vermont License Information
    that may be required for Cutting, Punching, and Press Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic
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    No state licenses listed for this occupation.
     


    Education and Training Requirements
    for Cutting, Punching, and Press Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic
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  • Job Zone Two: Some Preparation Needed
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  • Education: These occupations usually require a high school diploma.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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    source: Occupational Information Network: Cutting, Punching, and Press Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic  updated June 2006
     


    Schools
    offering instructional programs related to Cutting, Punching, and Press Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic
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      Related Instructional Programs
     
    • Machine Tool Technology/Machinist.
     
    • Sheet Metal Technology/Sheetworking.
     
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    source: National Center for Education Statistics 2000 Classification of Instructional Programs .
     


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