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Milling and Planing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic

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At A Glance: Milling and Planing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic

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.

Entry Level Requirements

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High School Diploma

To become a milling and planning machine setter, operator, and/or tender requires at least a high school diploma. Some positions require additional training, certificates or apprenticeships.
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Hourly Rate: $13 - $31/HR.

Job Details: Milling and Planing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic

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Commonly Performed Tasks

There are many tasks that milling and planing machine setters, operators, and tenders perform regularly.
  • Secure workpieces on machines with holding devices, measuring instruments, hand tools, and hoists
  • Remove workpieces from machines and check to ensure they conform to specifications
  • Verify alignment of workpieces on machines using rules, gauges, or calipers
  • Engage automatic feeding mechanisms to mill workpieces to specifications
  • Move cutters or material manually or by turning handwheels

Required Job Skills

Milling and planing machine setters, operators, and tenders require specific skills, abilities and knowledge to do their jobs effectively. Because setter, operators, and tenders are responsible for processing parts, they must have strong attention to detail to accurately measure and make parts to the specifications of a blueprint.
  • Concentrate on a task without being distracted
  • Identify, analyze, and solve complex problems
  • Comprehend complex informational text and visuals
  • Knowledge of machines, tools, and materials
  • Physical strength and dexterity

Education & Training Information

Programs and Opportunities

Eastern Gateway Community College - Youngstown Campus
Program: Machining
Certification: Associate's Degree
Length: 2 Years
Eastern Gateway Community College - Youngstown Campus
Program: Intro to CNC Mill Operator
Certification: Certificate
Length: 4-5 Weeks
Community College of Allegheny County - North Campus
Program: Machine Technician
Certification: Certificate
Length: 18 Months
Community College of Allegheny County - South Campus
Program: Machine Technician
Certification: Certificate
Length: 18 Months

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