Milling and planing machine setters, operators, and tenders set up, operate, or tend milling or planing machines to mill, plane, shape, groove, or profile metal or plastic pieces. They work with a variety of hand and computerized tools and machines to produce parts to project specifications. Upon the completion of a part, setters, operators and tenders must inspect their work and machines and make adjustments.
To become a milling and planing machine setter, operator or tender requires at least a high school diploma and a few months to a year of on-the-job training. Milling and planing machine setters, operators, and tenders earn approximately $20.95 an hour.