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Cutting and Slicing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders
SOC Code: 51-9032.00

Set up, operate, or tend machines that cut or slice materials, such as glass, stone, cork, rubber, tobacco, food, paper, or insulating material.

Sample of reported job titles: Cutter, Cutter Operator, Cutting Pressman, Die Cutter Operator, Flat Cutter, Machine Operator, Paper Cutter, Sheeter, Skiver Operator, Slitter

Tasks

  • Set up, operate, or tend machines that cut or slice materials, such as glass, stone, cork, rubber, tobacco, food, paper, or insulating material.
  • Review work orders, blueprints, specifications, or job samples to determine components, settings, and adjustments for cutting and slicing machines.
  • Examine, measure, and weigh materials or products to verify conformance to specifications, using measuring devices, such as rulers, micrometers, or scales.
  • Press buttons, pull levers, or depress pedals to start and operate cutting and slicing machines.
  • Start machines to verify setups, and make any necessary adjustments.
  • Feed stock into cutting machines, onto conveyors, or under cutting blades, by threading, guiding, pushing, or turning handwheels.
  • Monitor operation of cutting or slicing machines to detect malfunctions or to determine whether supplies need replenishment.
  • Stack and sort cut material for packaging, further processing, or shipping, according to types and sizes of material.
  • Adjust machine controls to alter position, alignment, speed, or pressure.
  • Remove completed materials or products from cutting or slicing machines, and stack or store them for additional processing.
  • Maintain production records, such as quantities, types, and dimensions of materials produced.
  • Remove defective or substandard materials from machines, and readjust machine components so that products meet standards.
  • Position stock along cutting lines, or against stops on beds of scoring or cutting machines.
  • Move stock or scrap to and from machines manually, or by using carts, handtrucks, or lift trucks.
  • Select and install machine components, such as cutting blades, rollers, and templates, according to specifications, using hand tools.
  • Clean and lubricate cutting machines, conveyors, blades, saws, or knives, using steam hoses, scrapers, brushes, or oil cans.
  • Operate cranes, or signal crane operators to position or remove stone from cars or saw beds.
  • Mark cutting lines or identifying information on stock, using marking pencils, rulers, or scribes.
  • Start pumps to circulate water and abrasives onto blades or cables during cutting.
  • Type instructions on computer keyboards, push buttons to activate computer programs, or manually set cutting guides, clamps, and knives.
  • Change or replace saw blades, cables, cutter heads, and grinding wheels, using hand tools.
  • Position width gauge blocks between blades, and level blades and insert wedges into frames to secure blades to frames.
  • Direct workers on cutting teams.
  • Sharpen cutting blades, knives, or saws, using files, bench grinders, or honing stones.
  • Turn cranks or press buttons to activate winches that move cars under sawing cables or saw frames.
  • Tighten pulleys or add abrasives to maintain cutting speeds.
  • Cut stock manually to prepare for machine cutting, using tools such as knives, cleavers, handsaws, or hammers and chisels.
  • Wash stones, using water hoses.

Technology Skills

  • Data base user interface and query software - Data entry software
  • Electronic mail software - Microsoft Outlook
  • Spreadsheet software - Microsoft Excel
  • Word processing software - Microsoft Word

Tools Used

  • Automatic lathe or chucking machine - Automatic chucking machines
  • Belt conveyors - Conveyor belt systems
  • Bench grinder - Benchtop grinders
  • Bench scales - Digital bench scales
  • Boring machines - Boring mills
  • Calipers - Digital calipers
  • Carts - Warehouse carts
  • Cleaning brushes
  • Cleaning scrapers
  • Cold chisels - Flat cold chisels
  • Commercial use food slicers - Food slicing machines
  • Drill press or radial drill - Floor-mounted drill presses
  • Forklifts
  • Hammers - Multipurpose hammers
  • Hand trucks or accessories - Warehouse hand trucks
  • Hydraulic shears - Hydraulic cutters
  • Jib crane - I-beam jib cranes
  • Laser cutting machine - Laser cutters
  • Metal shearing machine - Guillotines
  • Micrometers - Digital micrometers
  • Milling machines - Computer numerically controlled CNC cutting machines
  • Oil can - Oil dispensing cans
  • Pallet trucks - Pallet jacks
  • Paper cutting machines or accessories - Paper cutting machines
  • Personal computers
  • Plasma cutting machine - Plasma cutters
  • Power saws - Cutoff saws
  • Precision file - Precision file sets
  • Rulers - Precision rulers
  • Saws - Handsaws
  • Screwdrivers - Multipurpose screwdrivers
  • Scribers - Marking scribes
  • Sharpening stones or tools or kits - Honing stones
  • Special hoses - Steam hoses
  • Squares - Layout squares
  • Tape measures - Measuring tapes
  • Track cranes - Overhead cranes
  • Trim press - Trimming presses
  • Utility knives

Knowledge

  • Production and Processing - Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.
  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
  • Mechanical - Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.

Skills

  • Operation Monitoring - Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
  • Operation and Control - Controlling operations of equipment or systems.
  • Quality Control Analysis - Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Coordination - Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Equipment Maintenance - Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed.
  • Troubleshooting - Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.

Abilities

  • Control Precision - The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.
  • Finger Dexterity - The ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects.
  • Near Vision - The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
  • Arm-Hand Steadiness - The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.
  • Manual Dexterity - The ability to quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.
  • Problem Sensitivity - The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
  • Multilimb Coordination - The ability to coordinate two or more limbs (for example, two arms, two legs, or one leg and one arm) while sitting, standing, or lying down. It does not involve performing the activities while the whole body is in motion.
  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Reaction Time - The ability to quickly respond (with the hand, finger, or foot) to a signal (sound, light, picture) when it appears.
  • Visualization - The ability to imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged.
  • Deductive Reasoning - The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
  • Information Ordering - The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
  • Rate Control - The ability to time your movements or the movement of a piece of equipment in anticipation of changes in the speed and/or direction of a moving object or scene.
  • Selective Attention - The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.
  • Category Flexibility - The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.
  • Depth Perception - The ability to judge which of several objects is closer or farther away from you, or to judge the distance between you and an object.
  • Extent Flexibility - The ability to bend, stretch, twist, or reach with your body, arms, and/or legs.
  • Perceptual Speed - The ability to quickly and accurately compare similarities and differences among sets of letters, numbers, objects, pictures, or patterns. The things to be compared may be presented at the same time or one after the other. This ability also includes comparing a presented object with a remembered object.
  • Static Strength - The ability to exert maximum muscle force to lift, push, pull, or carry objects.
  • Trunk Strength - The ability to use your abdominal and lower back muscles to support part of the body repeatedly or continuously over time without 'giving out' or fatiguing.
  • Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
  • Inductive Reasoning - The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  • Response Orientation - The ability to choose quickly between two or more movements in response to two or more different signals (lights, sounds, pictures). It includes the speed with which the correct response is started with the hand, foot, or other body part.

Interests

  • Interest code: RC
    • Realistic - Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others.
    • Conventional - Conventional occupations frequently involve following set procedures and routines. These occupations can include working with data and details more than with ideas. Usually there is a clear line of authority to follow.

Work Context

  • Wear Common Protective or Safety Equipment such as Safety Shoes, Glasses, Gloves, Hearing Protection, Hard Hats, or Life Jackets - 92% responded “Every day.”
  • Spend Time Standing - 84% responded “Continually or almost continually.”
  • Face-to-Face Discussions - 79% responded “Every day.”
  • Importance of Being Exact or Accurate - 59% responded “Extremely important.”
  • Spend Time Using Your Hands to Handle, Control, or Feel Objects, Tools, or Controls - 72% responded “Continually or almost continually.”
  • Sounds, Noise Levels Are Distracting or Uncomfortable - 73% responded “Every day.”
  • Work With Work Group or Team - 50% responded “Extremely important.”
  • Exposed to Hazardous Equipment - 74% responded “Every day.”
  • Spend Time Making Repetitive Motions - 50% responded “Continually or almost continually.”
  • Impact of Decisions on Co-workers or Company Results - 39% responded “Very important results.”
  • Responsible for Others' Health and Safety - 55% responded “Very high responsibility.”
  • Duration of Typical Work Week - 56% responded “More than 40 hours.”
  • Pace Determined by Speed of Equipment - 44% responded “Extremely important.”
  • Time Pressure - 45% responded “Every day.”
  • Importance of Repeating Same Tasks - 36% responded “Extremely important.”
  • Spend Time Walking and Running - 48% responded “Continually or almost continually.”
  • Exposed to Contaminants - 49% responded “Every day.”
  • Contact With Others - 42% responded “Constant contact with others.”
  • Coordinate or Lead Others - 34% responded “Extremely important.”
  • Frequency of Decision Making - 59% responded “Every day.”
  • Responsibility for Outcomes and Results - 36% responded “Very high responsibility.”
  • Freedom to Make Decisions - 46% responded “Some freedom.”
  • Structured versus Unstructured Work - 37% responded “Limited freedom.”
  • Spend Time Bending or Twisting the Body - 33% responded “Continually or almost continually.”
  • Indoors, Environmentally Controlled - 56% responded “Every day.”
  • Physical Proximity - 48% responded “Moderately close (at arm's length).”
  • Consequence of Error - 26% responded “Extremely serious.”
  • Indoors, Not Environmentally Controlled - 46% responded “Every day.”
  • Very Hot or Cold Temperatures - 29% responded “Never.”

Education

Percentage of RespondentsEducation Level Required
55%High school diploma or equivalent
38%Less than high school diploma
5%Post-secondary certificate

Work Styles

  • Dependability - Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.
  • Attention to Detail - Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.
  • Self Control - Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations.
  • Adaptability/Flexibility - Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace.
  • Cooperation - Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.
  • Initiative - Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.
  • Integrity - Job requires being honest and ethical.
  • Independence - Job requires developing one's own ways of doing things, guiding oneself with little or no supervision, and depending on oneself to get things done.
  • Concern for Others - Job requires being sensitive to others' needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job.
  • Achievement/Effort - Job requires establishing and maintaining personally challenging achievement goals and exerting effort toward mastering tasks.
  • Persistence - Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles.
  • Stress Tolerance - Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations.
  • Leadership - Job requires a willingness to lead, take charge, and offer opinions and direction.

Work Values

  • Support - Occupations that satisfy this work value offer supportive management that stands behind employees. Corresponding needs are Company Policies, Supervision: Human Relations and Supervision: Technical.
  • Independence - Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to work on their own and make decisions. Corresponding needs are Creativity, Responsibility and Autonomy.
  • Relationships - Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to provide service to others and work with co-workers in a friendly non-competitive environment. Corresponding needs are Co-workers, Moral Values and Social Service.

Wages & Trends

  • Median wages (2017)
    • $16.16 hourly, $33,610 annual
  • Employment (2016)
    • 64,000 employees
  • Projected growth (2016-2026)
    • Decline (-2% or lower)
  • Projected job openings (2016-2026)
    • 6,800

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