Set up, operate, or tend machines to extrude or draw thermoplastic or metal materials into tubes, rods, hoses, wire, bars, or structural shapes.
- Wire Puller
- Wire Mill Rover
- Wire Mill Operator
- Wire Drawing Setter
- Wire Drawing Machine Tender
- Wire Drawing Machine Operator
- Wire Drawer
- Tube Drawer
- Stretch Machine Operator
- Spinning Bath Patroller
- Operate shearing mechanisms to cut rods to specified lengths.
- Select nozzles, spacers, and wire guides, according to diameters and lengths of rods.
- Replace worn dies when products vary from specifications.
- Adjust controls to draw or press metal into specified shapes and diameters.
- Maintain an inventory of materials.
- Load machine hoppers with mixed materials, using augers, or stuff rolls of plastic dough into machine cylinders.
- Test physical properties of products with testing devices such as acid-bath testers, burst testers, and impact testers.
- Weigh and mix pelletized, granular, or powdered thermoplastic materials and coloring pigments.
- Troubleshoot, maintain, and make minor repairs to equipment.
- Clean work areas.
People who work in this occupation generally have the interest code: I.
This means people who work in this occupation generally have Investigative interests.
People who work in this occupation generally prize Support, but also value Relationships and Independence in their jobs.
- 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.
- 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.
- Computers and Electronics - Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
- 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.
- Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
- Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
- Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
These occupations usually require a high school diploma.
In 2016, the average annual wage in Pennsylvania was $36,480 with most people making between $22,940 and $50,770
During 2014, this occupation employed approximately 5,870 people in Pennsylvania. It is projected that there will be 4,880 employed in 2024.
This occupation will have about 0 openings due to growth and about 140 replacement openings for approximately 140 total annual openings.
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