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CUTTING, PUNCHING, AND PRESS MACHINE SETTERS, OPERATORS, AND TENDERS, METAL AND PLASTIC
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Occupation Description:
 
  Set up, operate, or tend machines to saw, cut, shear, slit, punch, crimp, notch, bend, or straighten metal or plastic material.
 
Typical Tasks:
 
 
  • 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.
 
Skills:
 
 
  • 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..
  • 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..
  • Troubleshooting - Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it..
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems..
  • 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..
 
Knowledge:
 
 
  • Mechanical - Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance..
  • Production and Processing - Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods..
  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications..
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar..
  • Design - Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models..
  • Engineering and Technology - Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services..
  • 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..
 
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Education & Training:
 
  Moderate-term on-the-job training (1 to 12 months)
 
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Wage Information:
 
 
Region Average Annual Average Hourly Entry Level (hourly) Mid-Range  (hourly)
Statewide $37,879.00 $18.21 $12.42 $13.40 - $21.30
Bridgeport/Stamford $35,755.00 $17.19 $11.71 $12.81 - $20.62
Danbury $34,826.00 $16.74 $12.70 $13.50 - $19.55
Hartford $43,300.00 $20.82 $13.81 $14.77 - $23.27
New Haven $37,143.00 $17.86 $12.86 $13.55 - $20.92
New London/Norwich $41,084.00 $19.76 $13.23 $14.58 - $23.25
Waterbury $33,774.00 $16.23 $11.21 $11.88 - $18.76
Torrington $36,480.00 $17.54 $12.67 $13.52 - $21.53
      
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Occupation Outlook:
 
 
Region Employment Average Annual Growth Rate Average Annual Job Openings
2014 2024
State of Connecticut 2,220 1,840 -1.8% 28
 
 
Chart of Growth Rate and Annual Openings   Employment in this occupation is expected to grow more slowly than average, but the number of annual openings will offer very good job opportunities.
Key:
  N/A = Not Applicable, ***** = Over $60.00 per hour, ##### = Over $124,821
 
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