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Machine Operator Working on Machine



Career Overview

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.

Job Duties

  • 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

Job Earnings


$45,580 per year average salary for entry level workers 
$80,820 per year average salary for experienced workers

Education/Training Requirements


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.

Career Pathway

Ways to Start Preparing for Your Future Career TODAY!

Middle & High School Opportunities

Local Colleges/Training

Local Career Connection

Shawn McCarns, Machinist

Koike Aronson, Inc.

Arcade, NY

Deeper Dive

Training for a Machining Career

in High School


Koike Aronson, Inc.

Wyoming County NY Industrial Development Agency

Where Can I Work?

Local GLOW Companies With

Machine Operator Jobs

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Amada Tool Logo
Brach Machine, Inc. Logo
B&B Precision Manufacturing Logo
D.P. Tool Logo
Drasgow, Inc. Logo
Marktec Products Logo
S&R Tool Logo
Unidex Logo
Novolex Logo

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