Machine Operator Resume Examples And Tips

The average resume reviewer spends between 5 to 7 seconds looking at a single resume, which leaves the average job applicant with roughly six seconds to make a killer first impression. Thanks to this, a single typo or error on your resume can disqualify you right out of the gate.

At Zippia, we went through over 276,210 Machine Operator resumes and compiled some information about how best to optimize them. Here are some suggestions based on what we found, divided by the individual sections of the resume itself.

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Five Key Resume Tips For Landing a Machine Operator Job:

Relevant Experience
Make sure that the jobs, experience, and accolades that you do include are relevant to the position you’re applying for.
The Right Skills
This is a great time to run wild with those keywords found in the job description. If they’re looking for someone with Inspect Parts, be sure to list it as a skill.
Quantifiable Achievements
Achievements and awards relevant to the position speak louder than a high GPA, especially if you can quantify your achievement with a number.
Your Unique Qualities
Recruiters and hiring managers are looking at hundreds of resumes. Let yours stand out, and try not to sound too boring.
Strong Content
If you’ve had a lot of jobs, this shouldn’t necessarily be a list of all of them. This is a document designed to market you to a potential employer, so choose the strongest content.

How To Write a Machine Operator Resume

Contact Information
First things first — employers only spend about six seconds looking at resumes before they decide to keep them or throw them away, so you should definitely let them know whose it is.
Commute and relocation are things that employers take into consideration when sifting through candidates, so provide your current address in your resume header so that employers have an idea of where you are in relation to their office.
LinkedIn Profile
If you feel that a link to your social media profile could further your standing as a candidate, go ahead and include it. This doesn’t mean you should throw in a link to your hilarious Twitter profile, but instead provide your LinkedIn profile.
Professional Summary (Objective)
Career objective statements are one of the most overlooked pieces of otherwise stellar resumes. It’s not that every Machine Operator CV out there needs one — it’s just that the ones that really do need them typically never think to include them.
The goal of this section is simple: to summarize the resume in a few short sentences. Through your resume summary you enable employers to quickly learn whether you are a good match for the job. Here are a few things to keep in mind when writing a professional summary:
Keep it short: it should be 4 sentences max
Highlight your most impressive skills or achievements

Not sure which skills are really important?

3 Big Tips For Listing Skills On Your Resume
For Machine Operators, the skill that stands out above all others in terms of how frequently it shows up on machine operator resumes is inspect parts, which is more than twice as common as the next common skill: heavy equipment. Including these skills on your resume won't necessarily make you stand out from the crowd, but they can help reinforce your experience as a machine operator.
Top Skills for a Machine Operator
CNC, 5%
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Here are a few key points of to keep in mind while writing your skills section:
Include between 6 to 12 skills
Make sure to only include hard skills
Highlight your most impressive skills or achievements
How much work experience does the average machine operator candidate have?
The average machine operator resume contains 3.0 years of work experience.
Write your work experience section in a way that embraces your machine operator skills. Sounds easier said than done? Take a look at how other people have done it. Below are real examples from machine operator resumes that people have included in their work experience section to demonstrate their knowledge of key skills:
Assembly Line Operator

Candidate Info

Years In Workforce
Years As a Machine Operator
High School Diploma
High School Diploma
  • Supervised team members and confirmed standards of Tyson Food, OSHA, and the USDA are all met.
  • Clipped and trimmed raw product to meet company guidelines.
  • Worked with federal agencies such as OSHA and USDA to ensure a safe and sanitary environment.
  • Shoveled meat into machine hopper, using fork, positioned truck under discharged sprout.
  • Reason for leaving: Family needing me at the family restaurant.
Discharging Machine Operator

Candidate Info

Years In Workforce
Years As a Machine Operator
Associate's Degree
Associate's Degree - Precision Metal Working
  • Operated a CNC machine called the Kira to do secondary operations.
  • Operated a CNC machine called Hydromat to produce numerous hard points to make RFG Nets for the military.
  • Cleaned and maintained the warehouse in compliance with OSHA safety standards.
  • Set up and operated CNC milling machines and machined dimensions on parts according to blueprint specifications.
  • Trained on and operated CNC Drilling/milling machine, machining large locomotive "trucks" to within very close tolerances.
Dish Washer

Candidate Info

Years In Workforce
Years As a Machine Operator
High School Diploma
High School Diploma
  • Keep dishes washed and stocked for entire restaurant.
  • Moved and arranged tables and chairs to organize seating for big groups when needed.
  • Raised and maintained high standards for cleanliness and safety within the DMO team.
  • Assisted in other areas of the restaurant as needed.
  • Stack and rinse dishes prior to running them through the dish machine for best results.
Machine Operator

Candidate Info

Years In Workforce
Years As a Machine Operator
High School Diploma
High School Diploma
  • Transferred within the Company February 1998 to Roanoke, Virginia from Reno, Nevada.
  • Certified on all CNC processes to be a shift trainer.
  • Use Micrometers to determine the thickness of the materials that were run through the machine.
  • Machine Operations, smelter duty, trim die setup, part inspection, Trim die set-up, assisting in machine set-ups.
  • Read gauge on machine to ensure that ram was heated to specified temperature.
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As a machine operator, you may wonder exactly how your education section should look. Machine Operator roles often require a High School Diploma degree or higher, so the majority of machine operator resumes that we looked at contained a high school diploma degree.
As shown above, the Education section can be very brief. However make sure to include the following:
The name of the school you attended
The year you attended
Your major
Your GPA
The level of education you attained

Machine Operator Salary

Did your resume land you an interview? Be prepared to talk salary.

How To Answer "What Are Your Salary Requirements"

When you are ready to send your resume to employers, it's important to be aware of the current market conditions for Machine Operators. Salary can vary based on factors such as location, company, and industry. Check out our detailed salary information for Machine Operators to learn more.

Average Employee Salary
Min 10%
Median 50%
Max 90%