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Working As A Machine Operator

  • Controlling Machines and Processes
  • Handling and Moving Objects
  • Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material
  • Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events
  • $27,338

    Average Salary

What Does A Machine Operator Do

A Machine Operator is responsible for operating and maintaining complicated machinery and making sure it functions properly. They can work both outside or indoors, and work for a single company or on a contract basis.

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Machine Operator Career Paths

Machine Operator
Welder Numerical Control Operator
2nd Shift Supervisor
6 Yearsyrs
Numerical Control Operator Computer Numerical Controller Machinist
Computer Numerical Controller Supervisor
6 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Technician Maintenance Supervisor
Facilities Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Forklift Operator Operator
Lead Operator
5 Yearsyrs
Warehouse Associate Warehouse Manager
Logistics Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Operator Technician Production Supervisor
Manufacturing Supervisor
7 Yearsyrs
Welder Maintenance Technician Production Supervisor
Operation Supervisor
5 Yearsyrs
Technician Service Manager Operations Manager
Plant Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Technician Production Supervisor
Production Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Technician Maintenance Technician
Production Supervisor
7 Yearsyrs
Quality Control Inspector Quality Control Manager
Quality Assurance Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Laboratory Technician Quality Assurance Technician
Quality Assurance Supervisor
6 Yearsyrs
Quality Inspector Quality Technician Quality Engineer
Quality Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Production Operator Production Supervisor Quality Engineer
Quality Supervisor
7 Yearsyrs
Security Officer Safety Officer Safety Coordinator
Safety Supervisor
6 Yearsyrs
Warehouse Associate Warehouse Supervisor Shipping Supervisor
Shipping Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Material Handler Forklift Operator Welder
Shop Supervisor
5 Yearsyrs
Production Supervisor Production Manager Operations Manager
Site Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Production Supervisor Warehouse Supervisor
Warehouse Manager
5 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Machine Tender 6.3 years
Bindery Operator 4.5 years
Unit Operator 4.4 years
Folder Operator 4.3 years
Utility Operator 4.0 years
Slitter Operator 4.0 years
Relief Operator 3.9 years
Winder Operator 3.8 years
B-Operator 3.8 years
Coater Operator 3.8 years
Furnace Operator 3.7 years
Extrusion Operator 3.6 years
Generator Operator 3.6 years
Extruder Operator 3.5 years
Press Operator 3.5 years
Machine Attendant 3.3 years
Finisher Operator 3.3 years
Cutter Operator 3.1 years
Machine Operator 3.0 years
Cell Operator 2.9 years
Mixer Operator 2.9 years
Filler Operator 2.8 years
Operator 2.8 years
Die Cast Operator 2.8 years
Blender Operator 2.8 years
Assembly Operator 2.8 years
Machine Packager 2.8 years
Oven Operator 2.7 years
Machine Operater 2.7 years
Converter Operator 2.6 years
Forklift Operator 2.6 years
Welder Operator 2.6 years
Robot Operator 2.6 years
Packaging Operator 2.5 years
Grinder Operator 2.5 years
Line Operator 2.4 years
Pack Out Operator 2.3 years
Saw Operator 2.3 years
Machine Helper 2.3 years
Production Worker 2.2 years
Table Operator 2.1 years
Molder Operator 2.1 years
Stacker Operator 2.1 years
Manufacturer 2.0 years
Top Employers Before
Cashier 13.7%
Cook 4.9%
Assembler 4.8%
Operator 3.3%
Supervisor 3.3%
Manager 3.0%
Packer 2.9%
Top Employers After
Cashier 7.3%
Assembler 5.5%
Driver 4.6%
Operator 4.4%
Technician 3.9%
Supervisor 3.3%
Welder 3.3%

Machine Operator Demographics

Gender

Male

68.6%

Female

29.7%

Unknown

1.8%
Ethnicity

White

78.8%

Hispanic or Latino

12.3%

Asian

6.7%

Unknown

1.5%

Black or African American

0.6%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

72.9%

French

6.1%

Arabic

2.7%

German

2.5%

Hmong

2.5%

Portuguese

2.4%

Polish

1.7%

Vietnamese

1.6%

Carrier

1.1%

Hindi

0.9%

Italian

0.9%

Russian

0.8%

Bosnian

0.6%

Khmer

0.6%

Tagalog

0.6%

Thai

0.5%

Somali

0.4%

Japanese

0.4%

Mandarin

0.4%

Filipino

0.4%
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Machine Operator Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

21.0%

Grand Rapids Community College

8.4%

Greenville Technical College

6.7%

Kaplan University

6.1%

Ashford University

5.8%

Baker College

4.3%

Strayer University

4.2%

Fox Valley Technical College

4.1%

American InterContinental University

3.5%

Piedmont Technical College

3.5%

The Academy

3.5%

Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana

3.5%

Henry Ford College

3.5%

Liberty University

3.4%

Sinclair Community College

3.4%

Ultimate Medical Academy - Clearwater

3.3%

Tri-County Technical College

3.0%

Ferris State University

2.9%

Monroe Community College

2.9%

Vincennes University

2.9%
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Majors

Business

23.2%

General Studies

8.8%

Criminal Justice

7.7%

Computer Science

5.0%

Automotive Technology

5.0%

Electrical Engineering

4.7%

Health Care Administration

4.5%

Accounting

4.5%

Precision Metal Working

4.3%

Nursing

3.8%

Medical Assisting Services

3.7%

Electrical Engineering Technology

3.7%

Industrial Technology

3.5%

Education

3.2%

Psychology

2.8%

Management

2.7%

Information Technology

2.5%

Graphic Design

2.2%

Computer Information Systems

2.1%

Drafting And Design

2.1%
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Degrees

Other

48.4%

Associate

19.6%

Bachelors

15.5%

Certificate

9.6%

Diploma

4.3%

Masters

2.0%

License

0.6%

Doctorate

0.1%
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Real Machine Operator Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Operator of GRS 10 Machine American Suncraft Co., Inc. Apr 18, 2016 $58,240 -
$66,560
Farm Machine Operator Kurt Groszhans Ashley, ND Mar 01, 2015 $37,566
Farm Machine Operator Craig S. Fisher Richardton, ND Feb 05, 2016 $37,566
Farm Machine Operator T Swenson Trucking, LLC Grenora, ND Oct 03, 2016 $37,566
Farm Machine Operator Craig S. Fisher Richardton, ND Jun 30, 2015 $37,566
Farm Machine Operator Smith Farms Ltd-Nathan Smith Sawyer, ND Jan 04, 2016 $37,566
Farm Machine Operator Douglas Fitterer New England, ND Feb 15, 2016 $37,566
Farm Machine Operator Robert Hay Farms Inc. Crosby, ND Jan 04, 2016 $37,566
Farm Machine Operator Kurt Groszhans Ashley, ND Jan 03, 2016 $37,566
Machine Operator Beacon Reel Company New Milford, CT Sep 26, 2016 $33,717
Machine Operator Metal Techniques, Inc. Parksdale, CA Jan 19, 2016 $32,157
Machine Operators BB Stoneworks, Inc. Lyons, CO Apr 01, 2016 $31,848
Machine Operator I Brookfield Resource Management Elmsford, NY Jun 25, 2015 $31,366
Sawing Machine Operators Loftco, LLC Las Vegas, NV Feb 26, 2016 $31,117
Farm Machine Operator SJ Dowling Partnership Midland, SD Jan 12, 2015 $27,987
Farm Machine Operator Farming Friends, Inc. Johnson City, KS Feb 25, 2015 $27,987
Farm Machine Operator Jason Kadrmas Dickinson, ND Feb 22, 2015 $27,987
Farm Machine Operator Scott and Janet Dowling Midland, SD Feb 15, 2015 $27,987
Farm Machine Operator Justin Folvag Williston, ND Jan 15, 2015 $27,987
Farm Machine Operator Susan Kadrmas Dickinson, ND Feb 22, 2015 $27,987
Farm Machine Operator Winsome Farms GP Johnson City, KS Feb 28, 2015 $27,987
Canning Machine Operator Atlas Brewing Company LLC Chicago, IL May 11, 2015 $27,402
Farm Machine Operator William Keith Chisholm Gary, MN Apr 18, 2016 $25,086
Farm Machine Operator Rostad Farms LLP Zumbrota, MN Sep 30, 2016 $25,086
Farm Machine Operator Lennard AG Co Howe, IN Jan 08, 2016 $25,086
Farm Machine Operator S&S Jerseyland Dairy LLC Sturgeon Bay, WI May 17, 2016 $25,086
Farm Machine Operator Kevin Quick Borup, MN Nov 05, 2016 $25,086
Farm Machine Operator Precision Pumping, Inc. Villard, MN Dec 04, 2016 $25,086
Tortilla Machine Operator Tortilleria Nixtamal, LLC NY Aug 15, 2016 $24,835
Machine Shop Operator H & F Waterwell Drilling Seminole, TX Apr 14, 2015 $24,627 -
$25,627

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Top Skills for A Machine Operator

InspectPartsHeavyMachinerySafetyProceduresCNCSet-UpQualityControlChecksAssemblyLineRawMaterialsHandToolsPackagePalletJackTroubleShootingPreventativeMaintenanceEnsureQualityProductQualitySortDrillPressProductionProcessQualityStandardsResponsibilitiesi

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Top Machine Operator Skills

  1. Inspect Parts
  2. Heavy Machinery
  3. Safety Procedures
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Inspect parts to ensure quality.
  • Performed general warehouse duties, including light assembly, battery inspection and operation of heavy machinery.
  • Instructed staff on safety procedures and proper handling and disposing of hazardous waste materials.
  • Utilized machinist skills in the use of Bridgeport, CNC and manual milling machines.
  • Operated high speed envelope machines, set-up for print jobs, maintain daily production quota, cleaning equipment

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