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Extruding and Drawing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic

Set up, operate, or tend machines to extrude or draw thermoplastic or metal materials into tubes, rods, hoses, wire, bars, or structural shapes.

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    Work Activities

    Work Activities

    • Measure and examine extruded products to locate defects and to check for conformance to specifications, adjusting controls as necessary to alter products.
    • Determine setup procedures and select machine dies and parts, according to specifications.
    • Start machines and set controls to regulate vacuum, air pressure, sizing rings, and temperature, and to synchronize speed of extrusion.
    • Reel extruded products into rolls of specified lengths and weights.
    • Install dies, machine screws, and sizing rings on machines that extrude thermoplastic or metal materials.
    • Change dies on extruding machines, according to production line changes.
    • Clean work areas.
    • Weigh and mix pelletized, granular, or powdered thermoplastic materials and coloring pigments.
    • Test physical properties of products with testing devices such as acid-bath testers, burst testers, and impact testers.
    • Load machine hoppers with mixed materials, using augers, or stuff rolls of plastic dough into machine cylinders.
    • Troubleshoot, maintain, and make minor repairs to equipment.
    • Maintain an inventory of materials.
    • Replace worn dies when products vary from specifications.
    • Adjust controls to draw or press metal into specified shapes and diameters.
    • Select nozzles, spacers, and wire guides, according to diameters and lengths of rods.
    • Operate shearing mechanisms to cut rods to specified lengths.

    Skills

    • Operations Monitoring

      Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.

    • Operation and Control

      Controlling operations of equipment or systems.

    • Critical Thinking

      Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

    WorkKeys®

    Applied Math
    4
    Workplace Documents
    4
    Graphic Literacy
    4

    Abilities

    • Control Precision

      The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.

    • 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.

    • 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.

    Knowledge

    • 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.

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    Pay

    • Ohio Annual Salary 36360/yr
    • Typical Salary
    • Ohio Hourly Wage 17.48/hr
    • Typical Hourly Wage

    Ohio Employment Trends

    • Currently Employed 7,850
    • Yearly Projected Openings 860

    Typical Education

    Personality

    Realistic: People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They do well at jobs that need:
    • Dependability
    • Attention to Detail
    • Self Control
    • Integrity
    • Cooperation
    • Adaptability/Flexibility

    Tools

    • Rubber or plastic extrusion dies
    • Intensive mixers
    • Extruders
    • Compression die adaptor
    • Belt conveyors

    Technology

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