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Become A Set-Up Operator

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Working As A Set-Up Operator

  • Controlling Machines and Processes
  • Getting Information
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material
  • Repetitive

  • Stressful

  • $37,030

    Average Salary

What Does A Set-Up Operator Do At Schneider Electric

* Ability to meet production requirements and maintain part quality.
* Ability to use measuring instruments and read blueprints.
* Ability to read, understand and follow procedures to inspect parts.
* Must have the ability to communicate, including verbal and written English.
* Ability to work safely, communicate effectively with supervisors, technical support and peers, use good judgment, and work well around others.
* Ability to cope with stressful situations, following policies and procedures, solve problems and maintain full commitment to the task.
* Ability to utilize good time management skills and multitask without constant supervision
* Ability to use standard tools such as: Screw driver, allen wrenches, die grinder, hammers, sockets, end wrenches and other miscellaneous tools.
* Ability to operate forklift, overhead lift, overhead hoist and other material handling equipment and successfully pass standardized certification procedures.
* Maintains regular attendance in accordance with the current Attendance Policy

What Does A Set-Up Operator Do At Johnson Controls

* include the following.
* Other duties may be assigned.
* Read and understand Operational Method Sheets (OMS) job instructions, handles material to and from work station and gets work station and equipment ready for production.
* Perform die changeovers and select correct materials to run.
* Must be able to solve majority of problems if setup related.
* Correct or seek support to correct any setup problems or tool problems preventing production of good parts.
* Operates press to punch and form parts per specifications.
* Adjusts and tightens hold down bolts, dies, springs, and pins.
* Lubricates material and parts as required.
* Complete all required and assigned paperwork.
* Performs housekeeping activities daily as outlined by supervisor.
* Complies with all quality checks to include first part and last part inspection.
* Maintains quality standard, keeps work station in order, reports work shortages, and performs own rework.
* Overtime is required to meet production demands and can include Saturdays and Sundays when necessary.
* EQUIPMENT, TOOLS, AND MATERIALS Straightsize, gap frame, obi, mechanical presses of over 70 ton capacity, dies, vacuum and magnetic sheet lifters, parts containers, material handling equipment such as lift jacks and dollies, oil spray guns, brushes, gauges such as rulers, micrometers, calipers, safety devices, small hand tools, metal sheets, coils, parts, scrap, lubricants, drawing compounds.
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* This Notice is being posted as part of the remedy agreed to pursuant to a conciliation agreement between Johnson Controls, Inc. and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
* Federal law requires that there be no discrimination against any employee or applicant for employment because of the in individual’s race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age (40 and over), disability, or genetic information with respect to hiring, promotion, firing, compensation, or other terms, conditions or privileges of employment.
* Johnson Controls, Inc. supports and will comply with such Federal law in all respects and will not take any action against employees because they have exercised their rights under the law.
* Specifically, Johnson Controls, Inc. will not: (1) base employment decisions on the disability or perceived disability of an applicant; (2) make pre-offer of employment medical inquires or examinations; or (3) use the Medical Questionnaire, Tinel’s Sign, Phalen’s Maneuver, or Finkelstein’s tests in the medical examinations of applicants or employees to determine susceptibility to Carpel Tunnel Syndrome prior to any offer rind acceptance of employment.
* In the future, if any applicants for temporary employment experiences illegal discrimination based on the Company’s conduct, such individuals will be made whole for any losses they incurred as a result of such conduct, consistent with legal requirements.
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What Does A Set-Up Operator Do At Custom Profile

* Successfully prepare extrusion lines and assist in the completion of the line set-ups per company spec’s and standard work instructions within assigned business unit.
* Inspect parts for surface quality, color, profile appearance and dimensions, complete quality checks as necessary.
* Complete all necessary production paperwork in a timely manner during the course of the work shift.
* Validate process is stable through dimensional checks and consultation with Operators and make adjustments as necessary.
* Pull tooling, prep and make minor repairs to tooling and equipment as needed during the set-up of equipment.
* Train Line Operators on equipment, tooling, material, etc.
* Help Operators complete their Operator training books.
* Maintain a clean and organized work area; follow daily housekeeping and 5S standards.
* Promote and maintain a culture and attitude of continuous improvement, working within the company team to make it more efficient, safety and an enjoyable place to work.
* Treat all employees with professional respect and dignity.
* Qualifications and Requirements
* High School diploma, GED or a minimum of 1 year in a manufacturing environment.
* Plastic Extrusion experience a plus

What Does A Set-Up Operator Do At Haemonetics

* Assemble and inspect any given components following manufactuirng instructions, including leak testing, dimensional measurements, visual inspections, and tensile testing.
* Ispectin data and results must be documented
* Bonding of tubing sets using medical grade solvent
* Complete required paperwork, such as Product Histories, Fault Logging, and Label Control, etc
* Highlight and inform production management of issues that arise in their area of responsibility, such as potential safety hazards, assembler job performance issues, quality issues, GMP or policy violations, equipment or manufacturing tool problems and calibration (due) requirements of line equipment and instruments
* Discuss with shift Technicians any issues seen during their shift
* Observe extremely small details of close objects, to be able to differentiate colors and to see differences in patterns and shapes
* Operating manufacturing equipment upon completion of specific machine training
* Provide basic technical assitance on the manufacturing machines
* Read and interpret written instruction sheets and diagrams.
* Follow Standard Operating Procedures, Manufactuirng, Instructions, and other applicable documentation for all operations during production shifts
* Record and report on production and traceability data - product history records (including label accountability requirements), scrap and defect reporting, production shcedule performance, efficiency reportin, staffing levels, maintenance of time cards and line NCE's events and follow up
* Using precise hand-eye coordination and physical agility to assemble small components
* Assist in the training of other operators
* Attend informal meeting to raise problems and exchange information with all levels of staff within the organization
* Packaging product into pouches, tubs or boxes
* Perform printing, applying labels and packaging activities
* Replenish materials, if needed, in the production area in accordance with Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP's

What Does A Set-Up Operator Do At Western States Envelope & Label

* Examines work order to determine specifications and sample verification.
* Supplies proper tooling and components to the folding machine.
* Sets up folding machine per sample and order jacket specifications.
* Inspects product quality according to quality guidelines.
* Maintains accurate counts of envelopes to boxes, cartons, and skids.
* Adjusts folding machine and pack envelopes uniformly and neatly keeping up with the machine speed.
* Checks order throughout course of production to ensure accurate labeling, printing, and packaging of product.
* Assists with removing paper jams and preventative maintenance when scheduled.
* Transports finished goods to appropriate area

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How To Become A Set-Up Operator

A few months of on-the-job training is enough for most workers to learn basic machine operations, but 1 year or more is required to become proficient. Computer-controlled machine workers may need more training.


Employers prefer metal and plastic machine workers who have a high school diploma. Prospective workers can improve their employment opportunities by completing high school courses in computer programming and vocational technology, and by gaining a working knowledge of the properties of metals and plastics. Having a sturdy math background, including taking courses in algebra, geometry, trigonometry, and basic statistics, is also useful.

Some community colleges and other schools offer courses and certificate programs in operating metal and plastics machines.


Machine operator trainees usually begin by watching and helping experienced workers on the job. Under supervision, they may start by supplying materials, starting and stopping the machines, or by removing finished products. Then they advance to more difficult tasks that operators perform, such as adjusting feed speeds, changing cutting tools, and inspecting a finished product for defects. Eventually, some develop the skills and experience to set up machines and help newer operators.

The complexity of the equipment usually determines the time required to become an operator. Some operators and tenders learn basic machine operations and functions in a few months, but other workers, such as computer-controlled machine tool operators, may need a year or more to become proficient.

Some employers prefer to hire workers who either have completed or are enrolled in a training program.

As the manufacturing process continues to utilize more computerized machinery, knowledge of computer-aided design (CAD), computer-aided manufacturing (CAM), and computer numerically controlled (CNC) machines can be helpful.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Certification can show competence and professionalism and can be helpful for advancement. The National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS) offers certification in numerous metalworking specializations.


Advancement usually includes higher pay and more responsibilities. With experience and expertise, workers can become trainees for more advanced positions. It is common for machine operators to move into setup or machinery maintenance positions. Setup workers may become industrial machinery mechanics and maintenance workers, or machinists or tool and die makers.

Experienced workers with good communication and analytical skills may move into supervisory positions.

Important Qualities

Computer skills. Metal and plastic machine workers must often be able to use programmable devices, computers, and robots on the factory floor.

Dexterity. Metal and plastic machine workers who work in metal and plastic machined goods manufacturing use precise hand movements to make the necessary shapes, cuts, and edges that designs require.

Mechanical skills. Metal and plastic machine workers set up and operate machinery. They must be comfortable working with machines and have a good understanding of how the machines and all their parts work.

Physical stamina. Metal and plastic machine workers must be able to stand for long periods and perform repetitive work.

Physical strength. Metal and plastic machine workers must be strong enough to guide and load heavy and bulky parts and materials into machines.

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Set-Up Operator Career Paths

Set-Up Operator
Delivery Driver Warehouse Lead Numerical Control Operator
2nd Shift Supervisor
6 Yearsyrs
Delivery Driver Computer Numerical Controller Machinist Machine Shop Supervisor
Assembly Supervisor
6 Yearsyrs
Numerical Control Operator Computer Numerical Controller Machinist
Computer Numerical Controller Supervisor
6 Yearsyrs
Lead Person Machinist
Lead Machinist
6 Yearsyrs
Lead Person Forklift Operator Operator
Lead Operator
5 Yearsyrs
Technician Inspector Press Operator
Lead Press Operator
5 Yearsyrs
Technician Numerical Control Operator Machinist
Machine Shop Supervisor
8 Yearsyrs
Numerical Control Programmer Shop Supervisor Computer Numerical Controller Machinist
Machinist Supervisor
6 Yearsyrs
Computer Numerical Controller Machinist Numerical Control Programmer Manufacturing Engineer
Manufacturing Engineering Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Computer Numerical Controller Machinist Maintenance Technician Production Supervisor
Manufacturing Supervisor
7 Yearsyrs
Numerical Control Operator Machinist Maintenance Technician
Production Supervisor
7 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Technician Lead Technician Production Supervisor
Production Supervisor/Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Technician Production Supervisor Quality Engineer
Quality Supervisor
7 Yearsyrs
Numerical Control Programmer Computer Aide Computer Numerical Controller Machinist
Senior Machinist
9 Yearsyrs
Forklift Operator Operator
Senior Operator
5 Yearsyrs
Production Supervisor Warehouse Supervisor Shipping Supervisor
Shipping Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Forklift Operator Delivery Driver Welder
Shop Supervisor
5 Yearsyrs
Machinist Technician Operations Manager
Site Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Machinist Maintenance Technician Production Supervisor
Warehouse Manager
5 Yearsyrs
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Set-Up Operator Demographics


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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

  • German

  • Comanche

  • Chinese

  • Carrier

  • Mandarin

  • Arabic

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Real Set-Up Operator Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Buffing and Polishing Set Up Operators Hazel Tile & Granite, Inc. Verdi, NV Apr 27, 2010 $30,491
Buffington and Polishing Set Up Operators Hazel Tile & Granite, Inc. Truckee, CA May 27, 2010 $30,491
Molding Set Up Operator Eagle Mold Technologies San Diego, CA Jun 19, 2008 $30,262 -
Buffing and Polishing Set Up Operators Hazel Tile & Granite, Inc. Verdi, NV Nov 29, 2011 $29,197
Set-Up Operator D & B Discount Sports DBA Screen Printing New York, NY Dec 14, 2007 $25,044
Buffing & Polishing Set-Up Operator Vintique Inc. Orange, CA Aug 19, 2008 $21,162
Electrolytic Plating Set Up Operator Cadillac Plating Corp. Orange, CA Jan 28, 2009 $20,953
Plastic Finisher, Set-Up Operator Baires Pool Plastering LLC Plainfield, NJ Jan 17, 2008 $20,787
Plastic Finisher, Set-Up Operator Baires Pool Plastering LLC Plainfield, NJ Jan 16, 2008 $20,787

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Top Skills for A Set-Up Operator


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Top Set-Up Operator Skills

  1. Inspect Parts
  2. Setup Operator
  3. CNC Lathes
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Test and inspect parts on certain test equipment.
  • Provide instructional training for forming, impact, and setup operators.
  • Set up and operated CNC lathes, drilling and tapping machines.
  • Trained new employees and demonstrated equipment operations and safety procedures.
  • Used plasma cutter daily, used micrometers and calipers daily.

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