Metalworking Machine Operators

There are many different machine operator jobs. In this blog post we will be focusing on the classification of machine operators in metal industry, although machine operator jobs vary from glass production and mining industry, to plastic industry.

Machine operator jobs require a unique skill set that combine the hands-on experience with knowledge in maintenance, systems theory, and workplace health and safety. If you are interested in career of a machine operator in metal industry, let’s have a closer look at necessary skills this position requires and then we will provide the classification for this profession.

One of the crucial skills of many machine operator jobs is the ability to properly read measuring devices, such as rulers and micrometers, and blueprints. The measurements can be done in imperial or metric systems, so the candidate should be able to convert easily and have the understanding of both systems. This knowledge will also be required while calibrating the scale on the machines to maintain accurate control. This is something anyone can learn. The Metric-Imperial conversion charts will help you a lot. As for the blueprints, the worker has to be able to interpret and follow them. More about reading the blueprints you can find here.

Ensuring all equipment and workplace is kept clean and tidy, following housekeeping procedures, and complying with quality standards as per product specification are other very important requirements. That being said, to be successful as a machine operator, the worker needs to possess such qualities as attention to details, ability to multi-task, and dependability.

One of the most important jobs among all machine operator jobs is a machine set-up operator. This person is responsible for coming in earlier before the shift, setting up all the machines, and changing the tooling for smooth production run.

Different duties can be assigned to the metalworking machine operators. Some or all of the following can be required:

  • Read specifications and follow instructions
  • Lay out, set up and operate one or more light or heavy metalworking machines such as punch presses, hand tools to cut, bend, roll, ream, punch and drill, weld or otherwise shape and form metal stock into parts or products
  • Operate machines or equipment which weld, solder, bolt, screw or rivet metal parts together
  • Make quality checks for the products for correct shapes, dimensions and other specifications
  • Troubleshoot and perform corrective action or minor repairs
  • Document work completed
  • Clean or lubricate equipment and replace parts as required.

Example Titles

Metalworking machine operator
Power brake operator
Power press operator
Punch press setter
Punch press operator
Bending press operator


Infographic Machine Operators

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