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Multiple Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic

Job Information

Set up, operate, or tend more than one type of cutting or forming machine tool or robot.


  • 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 $33,220/yr ($16.61/hr)
Job Outlook Average
Education High School diploma