Cutting, Punching, and Press Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic

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About the Job

Set up, operate, or tend machines to saw, cut, shear, slit, punch, crimp, notch, bend, or straighten metal or plastic material.

It is also Called

  • Printed Circuit Board Panels Trimmer
  • Press Setup Operator
  • Press Setter
  • Press Operator
  • Press Machine Operator
  • Press Brake Operator
  • Press Brake Machine Setter/Set-Up Operator
  • Power Press Tender
  • Power Brake Operator
  • Pneumatic Press Hand
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What They Do

  • Hone cutters with oilstones to remove nicks.
  • Sharpen dulled blades, using bench grinders, abrasive wheels, or lathes.
  • Preheat workpieces, using heating furnaces or hand torches.
  • Hand-form, cut, or finish workpieces, using tools such as table saws, hand sledges, or anvils.
  • Select, clean, and install spacers, rubber sleeves, or cutters on arbors.
  • Set blade tensions, heights, and angles to perform prescribed cuts, using wrenches.
  • Replace defective blades or wheels, using hand tools.
  • Remove housings, feed tubes, tool holders, or other accessories to replace worn or broken parts, such as springs or bushings.
  • Grind out burrs or sharp edges, using portable grinders, speed lathes, or polishing jacks.
  • Thread ends of metal coils from reels through slitters and secure ends on recoilers.

Interests

People who work in this occupation generally have the interest code: RC.

This means people who work in this occupation generally have Realistic interests, but also prefer Conventional environments.

Work Values

People who work in this occupation generally prize Relationships, but also value Support and Achievement in their jobs.

Things They Need to Know

  • 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.

Things They Need to Be Able to Do

  • 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.
  • Quality Control Analysis - Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • 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.
  • Troubleshooting - Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.



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