Machine Operator job description

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Machine Operators are responsible for running equipment and machine tools at production or manufacturing facilities. They operate and specialize in machines like lathes, milling machines, precision grinders, boring machines, drill presses, among others. This job is repetitive and workers are required to use buttons, foot pedals, levers and switches. Sometimes they can perform calibrations and minor adjustments on the machines they use.

Machine Operators usually perform many of the following tasks:
• Inspecting machines.
• Greasing equipment.
• Following safety guidelines.
• Checking equipment daily.
• Operating precision grinders.


• Having manual dexterity.
• Being able to review operation manuals.
• Having interpersonal skills.
• Being able to work under pressure.
• Having mechanical aptitude.
• Being able to work alone or with a team.
• Having good communication skills.
• Being able to meet strict deadlines.
• Having IT skills.
• Being able to pay attention to small details.


Persons who work as Machine Operators are not required to have specific academic qualifications, just having a High School Diploma and mechanical aptitude for this field. Applicants must be over 19 years old due to safety issues related to this environment. Students who want to work in this area are encouraged to take courses in carpentry or machine shop in order to gain suitable skills and knowledge for future jobs. There are apprenticeships and training programs that teach how to start machines, adjust speeds, and change tools. Apprenticeship schemes can last four years and include classroom instruction and job training. Candidates for these schemes are required to have a two-year technical program. Persons working on this field must have knowledge in statistics, trigonometry, geometry, algebra, metals, plastics and being able to read blueprints.

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