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

Job Information

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


  • Manufacturing industries employ over 90 percent of workers.
  • A few weeks of on-the-job training is sufficient for most workers to learn basic machine tending operations, but a year or more is required to become a highly skilled operator or setter.
  • Employment is projected to decline rapidly.
  • Those who can operate multiple machines will have the best opportunities for advancement and for gaining jobs with more long-term potential.


Personality I'm hands on
Salary $32,300/yr ($16.15/hr)
Job Outlook Average
Education High School diploma