Machine operators are skilled professionals who provide their services to production plants, factories, manufacturing firms, commissaries, and other workplaces that involve operating heavy machinery. They operate these machines to assemble, update, manufacture, and disassemble products to provide what is needed by the company.

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  • The responsibilities section contains an average of 12 bullets points
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Machine Operator Duties

  • Conduct preventative maintenance checks on industrial brake manufacturing machines and forklifts.
  • Follow company and safety procedures using industrial chemicals and PPE to efficiently clean and sanitize all equipment.
  • Operate forklift and bobcat as needed.
  • Run a line in a PVC pipe production plant.
  • Operate machinery including forklift, bobcat and various power tools.
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Machine Operator Requirements

Machine operator requirements can be divided into basic requirements and required soft skills. The lists below show the most common requirements included in machine operator job postings.

  • Ability to read and interpret technical manuals
  • Experience with operating and maintaining machinery
  • Strong mechanical aptitude
  • Ability to follow safety procedures and protocols
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment
Required Soft Skills
  • Excellent problem-solving skills
  • Good communication skills
  • Attention to detail
  • Ability to work well in a team
  • Flexibility and adaptability

Machine Operator Description Example 1

Full Job Description

Albuquerque, NM

Pay: $16/hr plus applicable shift differentials


What we offer:
Benefits begin Day 1 of employment Weekly Pay PTO time available Rapid Promotion Opportunities Overtime available if desired 11 paid holidays each year 3% 401k paid automatically with a 75% match up to 6%


Operate rubber injection molding machines to fabricate rubber components, responsible for the production of molded products.

Job Requirements
Understands and follows plant safety and procedures
Wears appropriate protective equipment as required, dresses and conducts self in a safe manner
Keeps work area clean and orderly
Participates in plant safety objectives

Job Functions
Responsible for all aspects of molding operations, i.e. work instructions, standard operating procedures and revision control
Ensures quality operation of the process, performs quality checks and controls, including adherence to cleaning and maintenance
Must maintain pre-determined efficiency, standards and productivity rates
Prepares and maintains accurate production records and follows standard operating procedures
Communicates respectfully with all team members
Ensures shift change is completed and forms are filled out with accurate and appropriate information
Additional duties may be assigned to meet business needs

Experience Skills and/or Training

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The experience and skills listed are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.
Previous experience in physically demanding work in factory environment preferred
Able to work up to 20 hours of overtime to meet Business Objectives as needed
Able to work a weekend schedule as needed
Work with minimal supervision
Able to demonstrate a high level of ownership to assigned tasks
Working knowledge of components, part numbers and process involved in manufacturing
Must be able to:
Bend, twist & turn Climb/descend ladders/stairs Lift up to 40 Pounds Pull/Push up to 40 Pounds Stand for long periods
Good hand dexterity
Ability to speak and write in clear English communications
Proficient math skills


ABB is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against any employee or applicant on the basis of age, color, disability, gender, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, status as a protected veteran, or any classification protected by Federal, State or local law.

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Machine Operator Description Example 2

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At Jabil we strive to make ANYTHING POSSIBLE and EVERYTHING BETTER. With over 260,000 diverse, talented and dedicated employees across 100 locations in 30 countries, our vision is to be the most technologically advanced and trusted manufacturing solutions provider. We combine an unmatched breadth and depth of end-market experience, technical and design capabilities, manufacturing know-how, supply chain insights and global product management expertise to enable success for the world's leading brands. We are driven by a common purpose to make a positive impact for each other, our communities, and the environment.

SUMMARYPerform Direct Fulfillment manufacturing processes to ensure on time shipments of a quality product. To work in an efficient manner and maximize output.ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following. Other duties may be assigned.· Manually assemble a system using torque drivers and hardware, to a predetermined volume.· Functionally test a completed system according to work processes.· Pull necessary material from flow racks and bin locations.· Perform back flush operations on the computer operating systems.· Conduct physical inventory in the designated area.· Maintaining 5S order and cleanliness at all times.· Adhere to all safety rules and use required protective equipment.· Adhere to all safety and health rules and regulations associated with this position and as directed by supervisor.· Comply and follow all procedures within the company security policy.MINIMUM REQUIREMENTSHigh school diploma or equivalent required; or one to three months related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience. Must be able to obtain and maintain all required job related certifications.

BE AWARE OF FRAUD: When applying for a job at Jabil you will be contacted via correspondence through our official job portal with a e-mail address; direct phone call from a member of the Jabil team; or direct e-mail with a e-mail address. Jabil does not request payments for interviews or at any other point during the hiring process. Jabil will not ask for your personal identifying information such as a social security number, birth certificate, financial institution, driver's license number or passport information over the phone or via e-mail. If you believe you are a victim of identity theft, contact the Federal Bureau of Investigations internet crime hotline (, the Federal Trade Commission identity theft hotline
and/or your local police department. Any scam job listings should be reported to whatever website it was posted in.

The anticipated hourly pay range for this role is $10.46 - $15.16 - $19.87. Job-related, non-discriminatory factors used to determine the actual offered rate include qualifications and experience, education (if requirement noted above), geographic location, external market data, and consideration of internal equity.

As part of the total rewards package, this position is eligible for a short-term incentive based on performance. In addition, Jabil offers benefits to enhance your health, wealth and resilient self. These include medical, dental, and vision insurance plans; 401(k) retirement plan and employee stock purpose plan; and paid time off.

Jabil, including its subsidiaries, is an equal opportunity employer and considers qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identify, age, disability, genetic information, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.
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Machine Operator Description Example 3

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12 Hours - Monday through Thursday 7 AM to 7 PM, Fridays 7 AM to 3 PM

Hanes Companies in downtown Winston Salem is actively seeking machine operators!

Starting pay is $15.82+/hour!


  • Must have strong attention to detail.
  • Must have a cooperative attitude necessary to work effectively with others.
  • Good communication skills (verbal & written).
  • Must be able to follow verbal & written work instructions.
  • Must be adaptable, flexible, and maintain effectiveness in a variety of roles.
  • Be Safety Conscious.
  • Must be able to lift 75 – 100 pounds.


The primary duties of the employee are (but are not limited to) the following:

  • Maintain production and quality standards.
  • Read and follow instructions on orders.
  • Perform routine operations on various machines (load, set-up, doff) – make necessary adjustments to meet quality standards.
  • Cross-train throughout the department to fill in as needed.
  • All employees have the responsibility to bring forth suggestions and participate in the continuous improvement process and verify the implementation of solutions.
  • Conform to all quality/safety/environmental requirements and procedures.
  • Maintain a clean and orderly workplace.
  • Maintain a clean production area: cleaning, sweeping, etc.

Hanes Companies is a people-first organization dedicated to providing a complete benefits package for our employees and their families. Benefits include health/dental/vision insurance, retirement savings with company match, discount stock plan, paid time off, paid holidays, employee assistance program, gym reimbursement, education reimbursement, and many more!

We work to foster a culture of inclusion, diversity, and equity in which everyone is respected, valued, and has an equal opportunity to contribute, thrive, and advance. We are focused on maintaining a workforce that represents the many customers we serve and the communities in which we operate.

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What Are The Most Common Skills On A Job Description For A Machine Operator?

The most common skills on a job description for a machine operator are Basic Math, CNC, and Math.

What Does A Machine Operator Do?

Machine operators are responsible for managing the machines assigned to them. They set up, install, operate, maintain, troubleshoot, and ensure quality output. Machine operators must know the inner workings of the machine such that they can easily address any problems that may arise. They must ensure that all components of the machine are working well. They perform maintenance routine checks to ensure that the machine is working at the most efficient capacity, is well-stocked with needed materials, and producing the best output. Machine operators are also responsible for ensuring the cleanliness and sanitation of the machine.
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