What does a Machine Operator 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)

Average Years of Experience

0 - 1
25%
2 - 4
27%
5 - 7
2%
8+
46%

Common Skill Sets

CNC
Machine Operating
English Language
Attention To Detail
Critical Thinking
Excellent Communication
Work Instructions
Dexterity

Machine Operator Seniority Levels

L2
Machine Operator
$35,006/yr
Welder
3% made the transition
Mechanic
6% made the transition
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Machine Operator Salaries

Average Base Pay

$35,007 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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$25K
Median: $35K
$48K
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