What does a Cutter Operator/Machinist do?

Machine operators set-up, operate, and maintain machinery, usually in a manufacturing setting. They are responsible for ensuring the machine produces high quality products, runs smoothly and at capacity, and is properly maintained.

Education and training requirements depend on the type of machinery. Most machine operator positions require a high school degree. Machine operators typically have strong attention to detail, strong mathematical skills, and are excellent teamworkers.

  • Set up machinery for operation
  • Start machinery and make adjustments to machinery when necessary to improve performance
  • Operate machinery and equipment according to instructions
  • Troubleshoot issues and perform maintenance
  • Perform quality control, follow reporting and recordkeeping procedures, and report problems to supervisor
  • Comply with all safety and health regulations
  • Clean machinery and maintain cleanliness in work area
  • High School Diploma or GED
  • Previous machine operating experience in a manufacturing facility, or similar relevant experience
  • Must be detail-oriented
  • Understanding of production and plant processes
  • Analytical and numerical skills: ability to perform mathematical calculations (add, subtract, multiply, divide) in different units of measurement
  • Ability to follow written and oral instructions
  • Ability to work in a team
  • Ability to lift heavy equipment, to bend, and to stand or walk for long periods of time
  • Willingness to work in shifts (late or early hours, weekends, and overtime if necessary)
EducationGED / High School Degree
Work/Life Balance
2.9 ★
Salary Range--
Career Opportunity
2.9 ★
Avg. Experience8+ years

Cutter Operator/Machinist Salaries

Average Base Pay

$36,894 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
See More Insights
Not enough salaries reported to show distribution
$26K
Median: $37K
$53K
See More Insights
Glassdoor Estimated Salary

Cutter Operator/Machinist Career Path

Learn how to become a Cutter Operator/Machinist, what skills and education you need to succeed, and what level of pay to expect at each step on your career path.

L2
Machine Operator
$35,708/yr
L3
See Career Path

Cutter Operator/Machinist Insights

Read what Cutter Operator/Machinist professionals have to say about their job experiences and view top companies for this career.
Super CampsSuper Camps
Raw Manager
Sep 27, 2019

“Working day to day is really great and the team I worked with was superb.”

HP HoodHP Hood
Machine Operator
Jun 24, 2021

“They pay every Friday is the best part about the job and pay pretty good.”

Isolator Fitness
Production Staff
Mar 4, 2020

“I left to go make more money and insurance but it was a good place to launch my career.”

Carbery Food Ingredients
Production Operator
Oct 16, 2021

“Pay isn't as good as equivalent sites and overtime needs to be worked to make any decent money.”

Johns ManvilleJohns Manville
Packaging Operator
Dec 21, 2020

“Good place to work if you want to make good money and don't mind doing 12 hour rotating shifts.”

VPX SportsVPX Sports
Machine Operator
Apr 15, 2020

“So if you like not doing anything and getting paid for it then this is a good spot for you.”

Raven IndustriesRaven Industries
Machine Operator
Sep 7, 2021

“pay is average but did adapt to surround businesses in same field and raised wages.”

High Steel StructuresHigh Steel Structures
Machine Operator
Feb 22, 2021

“I was promised training and internal promotion and have received neither after years of working here.”

See More

Cutter Operator/Machinist Interviews

Related Careers

Welder
$43,015
No skills overlap
Mechanic
$48,826
No skills overlap
Machinist
$48,495
25% skills overlap
Millwright
$56,239
13% skills overlap

Cutter Operator/Machinist Jobs