What They Do
A production operator, also known as a machine operator, uses equipment to assist with manufacturing, packaging, and other steps along a production line. While the exact duties may vary from company to company, a production operator may be expected to handle heavy machinery such as forklift.
Monitors and maintains warehouse equipment and machinery
Sets up and operates a production machine in accordance with established procedures and guidelines
Reads and interprets blueprints and diagrams to select, position, and secure machinery
Adjusts machine settings to complete tasks accurately, according to specifications and in a timely fashion
Oversee training of new or Junior Machine Operators
Use machine equipment to complete tasks
Performs routine inspections of manufacturing equipment
Evaluates the efficiency of each unit regularly, identifying improvements as needed
$45,580 per year average salary for entry level workers
$80,820 per year average salary for experienced workers
Employers typically require machine operators to have a high school diploma or a General Educational Development (GED). Most machine operator positions are entry-level and on-the-job training is common. In addition to requiring employees to attend safety courses, companies may require machine operators to be licensed and certified to operate special machines.
Job Outlook & Growth
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Overall employment of machine operators is projected to grow 3 percent from 2019 to 2029, about as fast as the average for all occupations. Many job opportunities are expected to arise from the need to replace workers who leave the occupation each year.
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Technology (Blueprint Reading, Woodworking, CAD, Drafting)
BOCES/Career & Technical Education Programs
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