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Extruding/Forming/Pressing Machine Operators
The Benchmark Job Description below represents the specific Position Characteristics of the job used in the Salary Survey. Benchmark Job Descriptions should be inspected carefully to review the degree of matching between an organizations' Job and the Salary Survey Benchmark. Matching internal Jobs to Salary Survey Benchmark Jobs should not be done on Job Title alone. A thorough comparison of Salary Survey Benchmark to Internal Job Descriptions is recommended. A good overlap should exist on any comparisons used on critical Job Dimensions and Competencies.
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Manufacturing
Job Family: Manufacturing
Benchmark Title: Extruding/Forming/Pressing Machine Operators
 
Summary Job Description Tasks
Set up, operate, or tend 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. Adjust machine components to regulate speeds, pressures, and temperatures, and amounts, dimensions, and flow of materials or ingredients.
 
Examine, measure, and weigh materials or products to verify conformance to standards, using measuring devices such as templates, micrometers, or scales.
 
Monitor machine operations and observe lights and gauges in order to detect malfunctions.
 
Press control buttons to activate machinery and equipment.
 
Turn controls to adjust machine functions, such as regulating air pressure, creating vacuums, and adjusting coolant flow.
 
Review work orders, specifications, or instructions to determine materials, ingredients, procedures, components, settings, and adjustments for extruding, forming, pressing, or compacting machines.
 
Select and install machine components such as dies, molds, and cutters, according to specifications, using hand tools and measuring devices.
 
Record and maintain production data such as meter readings, and quantities, types, and dimensions of materials produced.
 
Notify supervisors when extruded filaments fail to meet standards.
 
Synchronize speeds of sections of machines when producing products involving several steps or processes.
 
Feed products into machines by hand or conveyor.
 
Clear jams, and remove defective or substandard materials or products.
 
Move materials, supplies, components, and finished products between storage and work areas, using work aids such as racks, hoists, and handtrucks.
 
Swab molds with solutions to prevent products from sticking.
 
Complete work tickets, and place them with products.
 
Activate machines to shape or form products such as candy bars, light bulbs, balloons, or insulation panels.
 
Remove molds, mold components, and feeder tubes from machinery after production is complete.
 
Remove materials or products from molds or from extruding, forming, pressing, or compacting machines, and stack or store them for additional processing.
 
Measure, mix, cut, shape, soften, and join materials and ingredients such as powder, cornmeal, or rubber in order to prepare them for machine processing.
 
Send product samples to laboratories for analysis.
 
Thread extruded strips through water tanks and hold-down bars, or attach strands to wires and draw them through tubes.
 
Ignite burners to preheat products, or use torches to apply heat.
 
Clean dies, arbors, compression chambers, and molds, using swabs, sponges, or air hoses.
 
Disassemble equipment to repair it or to replace parts such as nozzles, punches, and filters.
 
Pour, scoop, or dump specified ingredients, metal assemblies, or mixtures into sections of machine prior to starting machines.
 
Install, align, and adjust neck rings, press plungers, and feeder tubes.
 
Couple air and gas lines to machines to maintain plasticity of material and to regulate solidification of final products.
 
Measure arbors and dies to verify sizes specified on work tickets.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Manufacturing
Job Family: Manufacturing
Benchmark Title: Extruding/Forming/Pressing Machine Operators
 
Important Knowledge Competencies Competency Description
Production and Processing Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.
 
Mechanical Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
 
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.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Manufacturing
Job Family: Manufacturing
Benchmark Title: Extruding/Forming/Pressing Machine Operators
 
Important Skill Competencies Competency Description
Operation Monitoring Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
 
Operation and Control Controlling operations of equipment or systems.
 
Monitoring Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
 
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.
 
Reading Comprehension Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
 
Speaking Talking to others to convey information effectively.
 
Critical Thinking Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
 
Quality Control Analysis Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.
 
Complex Problem Solving Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
 
Troubleshooting Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.
 
Judgment and Decision Making Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
 
Writing Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
 
Social Perceptiveness Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Manufacturing
Job Family: Manufacturing
Benchmark Title: Extruding/Forming/Pressing Machine Operators
 
Important Ability Competencies Competency Description
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.
 
Perceptual Speed The ability to quickly and accurately compare similarities and differences among sets of letters, numbers, objects, pictures, or patterns. The things to be compared may be presented at the same time or one after the other. This ability also includes comparing a presented object with a remembered object.
 
Reaction Time The ability to quickly respond (with the hand, finger, or foot) to a signal (sound, light, picture) when it appears.
 
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.
 
Far Vision The ability to see details at a distance.
 
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.
 
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.
 
Control Precision The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.
 
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.
 
Near Vision The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
 
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.
 
Information Ordering The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
 
Selective Attention The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.
 
Hearing Sensitivity The ability to detect or tell the differences between sounds that vary in pitch and loudness.
 
Auditory Attention The ability to focus on a single source of sound in the presence of other distracting sounds.
 
Speech Recognition The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
 
Visualization The ability to imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged.
 
Static Strength The ability to exert maximum muscle force to lift, push, pull, or carry objects.
 
Visual Color Discrimination The ability to match or detect differences between colors, including shades of color and brightness.
 
Depth Perception The ability to judge which of several objects is closer or farther away from you, or to judge the distance between you and an object.
 
Speech Clarity The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
 
Oral Comprehension The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
 
Oral Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
 
Deductive Reasoning The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
 
Category Flexibility The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.
 
Trunk Strength The ability to use your abdominal and lower back muscles to support part of the body repeatedly or continuously over time without 'giving out' or fatiguing.
 
Stamina The ability to exert yourself physically over long periods of time without getting winded or out of breath.
 
Written Comprehension The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
 
Inductive Reasoning The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
 
Response Orientation The ability to choose quickly between two or more movements in response to two or more different signals (lights, sounds, pictures). It includes the speed with which the correct response is started with the hand, foot, or other body part.
 
Flexibility of Closure The ability to identify or detect a known pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) that is hidden in other distracting material.
 
Time Sharing The ability to shift back and forth between two or more activities or sources of information (such as speech, sounds, touch, or other sources).
 
Wrist-Finger Speed The ability to make fast, simple, repeated movements of the fingers, hands, and wrists.
 
Extent Flexibility The ability to bend, stretch, twist, or reach with your body, arms, and/or legs.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Manufacturing
Job Family: Manufacturing
Benchmark Title: Extruding/Forming/Pressing Machine Operators
 
Prerequisite Qualification Category Education and Experience Level
Required Level of Education High School Diploma (or GED or High School Equivalence Certificate)
 
On-the-Job Training Over 1 month, up to and including 3 months
 
Related Work Experience Over 6 months, up to and including 1 year
 
On-Site or In-Plant Training Up to and including 1 month
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Manufacturing
Job Family: Manufacturing
Benchmark Title: Extruding/Forming/Pressing Machine Operators
 
Alternate Job Title(s)
Abrasive Wheel Molder
Acoustical Tile Patternmaker
Air Bag Curer
Alfalfa Dehydrator Operator
Arch Cushion Press Operator
Artificial Log Machine Operator
Automatic Lump Making Machine Tender
Bag Bailer
Bag Builder
Bailer
Bailing Machine Operator
Baler
Baler Operator
Baling Machine Operator
Bark Press Operator
Belt Press Operator
Block Maker
Block Making Machine Operator
Block Press Operator
Blow Molding Machine Operator
Bottle Machine Operator
Bowling Ball Molder
Brick Maker
Brick and Tile Making Machine Operator
Brick and Tile Making Machine Set Up Operator
Brick or Block Maker
Briquette Maker
Briquette Operator
Briquetter Operator
Briquetting Machine Operator
Broom Builder
Broom Bundler
Buckle Frame Shaper
Butt Maker
Cake Former
Cake Press Operator
Calender Operator
Calender Roll Press Operator
Candle Extrusion Machine Operator
Candle Molder
Candy Depositing Machine Operator
Carbon Dioxide Operator
Casting Machine Operator
Casting Operator
Casting Room Operator
Cement Block Maker
Center Machine Operator
Center Machine Set-Up Operator
Chalk Extruding Machine Operator
Chalk Machine Operator
Chalk Molding Machine Operator
Cigar Making Machine Operator
Cigarette Book Maker
Cigarette Filter Making Machine Operator
Cigarette Machine Operator
Cigarette Maker
Cigarette Making Machine Operator
Cigarette Roller
Cigarette Stamper
Cinder Block Maker
Clay Caster
Clay Press Operator
Combine Operator
Combining Machine Operator
Compacting Machine Operator/Tender
Compress Machine Operator
Compressor
Compressor Operator
Concrete Block Maker
Concrete Block Molder
Concrete Pipe Making Machine Operator
Confectionery Drops Machine Operator
Core Extruder
Core Shaper
Cork Molder
Corn Press Operator
Cosmetics Presser
Cotton Presser
Cracker and Cookie Machine Operator
Crate Opener
Crown Assembly Machine Set-Up Mechanic
Curing Press Operator
Dampener Operator
Dehydrating Press Operator
Die Press Operator
Die Presser
Die Tripper
Dipper
Dipper Machine Operator
Dipping Machine Operator
Divider
Divider Operator
Dividing Machine Operator
Domer
Drawbench Operator
Drawing Kiln Operator
Drawing Machine Operator
Dry Press Operator
Electronic Gluing Machine Operator
Extracting Machine Operator
Extruder Operator
Extruder Tender
Extruding Machine Operator/Setter/Tender
Extruding Press Operator
Extrusion Machine Operator
Extrusion Operator
Extrusion Press Operator
Fiberglass Dowel Drawing Machine Operator
Fiberglass Luggage Molder
Finishing Area Operator
Flakeboard Line Tender
Flaking Roll Operator
Flatware Maker
Floor Molder
Flower Pot Press Operator
Foam Rubber Molder
Foil Operator
Foiling Machine Operator
Forming Machine Operator
Forming Machine Tender
Forming Machine Upkeep Mechanic
Fruit Press Operator
Glass Bulb Machine Adjuster
Glass Forming Crew Member
Glass Ribbon Machine Operator
Glass Ribbon Machine Operator Assistant
Glass Rolling Machine Operator
Gluing Machine Operator
Gold Leaf Roller
Golf Ball Molder
Graining Press Operator
Hardboard Press Operator
Hot Box Operator
Hot Plate Press Operator
Hot Press Operator
Hydraulic Billet Maker
Hydraulic Press Operator
Insulation Board Coater Operator
Job Change Crew Member
Job Molder
Jordan Man
Jordan Worker
Laminating Machine Operator
Laminating Machine Tender
Laminator
Lap Machine Tender
Lead Former
Lead Press Operator
Lens Molding Equipment Operator
Light Bulb Assembler
Lozenge Maker
Lump Machine Operator
Lump Maker
Lump Roller
Machine Candle Molder
Machine Chocolate Molder
Machine Joiner Cementer
Machine Molder
Machine Operator
Manual Control Auger Press Operator
Manufacturing Assistant
Manufacturing Associate
Manufacturing Operator
Marble Machine Tender
Mat Puncher
Matting Press Tender
Meat Press Operator
Metal Baler
Mica Plate Layer
Microwave Extruder Operator
Mill Room Machine Operator
Molder Machine Tender
Molding Machine Operator
Molding Press Operator
Necker
Noodle Catalyst Maker
Nozzle Operator
Pan Pusher
Pan Shover
Pan Tank Worker
Paper Baler
Paper Baling Machine Operator
Paper Bundler
Paper Cone Machine Tender
Paper Cup Machine Operator
Pellet Machine Operator
Pellet Mill Operator
Pellet Press Operator
Pilling Machine Operator
Plastic Extrusion Operator
Plate Molder
Plate Worker
Plodder Operator
Plodding Machine Operator
Plodding Operator
Polystyrene Bead Molder
Polystyrene Molding Machine Tender
Precast Molder
Press Loader
Press Machine Feeder
Press Machine Operator
Press Operator
Press Tender
Presser
Presto Log Operator
Pretzel Twisting Machine Operator
Printed Circuit Boards Laminator
Pulp Machine Operator
Pulp Press Tender
Pump Press Operator
Pyrotechnics Press Tender
Ram Press Operator
Ram-Press Operator
Rebrander
Record Maker
Record Press Operator
Record Press Tender
Record Pressman
Retort Press Operator
Retort or Condenser Press Operator
Roller
Rolling Machine Operator
Rubber Extrusion Operator
Rubber Mill Operator
Rubber Mold Maker
Rubber Press Tender
Rubber Tubing Splicer
Sandwich Machine Operator
Scrap Baler
Screen Handler
Sectional Belt-Mold Assembler
Sizing Machine Operator
Slug Press Operator
Sole Conforming Machine Operator
Spinner
Sponge Press Operator
Stamper
Steam Press Operator
Steam Press Tender
Steam Presser
Steeping Press Operator
Steeping Press Tender
Stem Crusher
Stem Roller
Stem Roller Operator
Stem Roller or Crusher Operator
Stringing Machine Operator
Sucker Machine Operator
Sugar Presser
Sweet Goods Machine Operator
Synthetic Gem Press Operator
Tablet Machine Operator
Tankage Grinder
Tankman
Thermal Molder
Tile Presser
Tray Casting Machine Operator
Tube Building Machine Operator
Tuber Machine Operator
Tuber Operator
Tubular Stock Glass Bulb Machine Former
Turning and Beading Machine Operator
Upkeep Mechanic
V-Belt Curer
Vulcanized Fiber Unit Operator
Vulcanizing Press Operator
Wad Compressor Operator-Adjuster
Wax Molder
Wet Machine Operator
Wet Machine Tender
Wet Press Tender
Wind Up Operator
Wink Cutter Operator
Wood Fuel Pelletizer
Yardage Control Operator
Yardage Control Operator, Forming
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Manufacturing
Job Family: Manufacturing
Benchmark Title: Extruding/Forming/Pressing Machine Operators
 
 
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