Machine Operator Jobs
WHAT IS A MACHINE OPERATOR?
Machine operators are often called machinists. They play an important role in the manufacturing
environment. In one sense, they are backbone of the production, ensuring that each machine is
functioning properly. A machine operator often performs the role of set-up, calibration, operation,
cleaning, and maintenance for heavy machinery.
WHAT DOES A MACHINE OPERATOR DO?
Specific job responsibilities vary depending on the industry. For instance, many entry level positions
require a high school diploma (or equivalent). Yet, other environments may require moderate
computer skills and knowledge of CAD. On the whole, a technical degree is a plus, but not usually
required. Most companies offer complete on-the-job training that will be required.
The day-to-day of a machine operator includes feeding raw materials or parts to the machines,
inspecting parts with precision and measuring tools, fixing issues that may occur during a shift,
and maintain activity logs.
WHAT ARE THE SKILLS REQUIRED?
Ideally, proven experience as a machine operator is favorable. Having a working knowledge of diverse
high-speed machinery and measurement tools and a general understanding of production procedures
are also helpful.
Requirements include: the ability to read blueprints, schematics and manuals, strong analytical skills,
attention to detail, teamwork and communication skills, and physical stamina and strength.
This career often requires you to be on your feet most of the shift and the ability to lift 30lbs or more.
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