Ceramics Machine Operator

Tend a variety of machines to process green technical ceramic pieces.
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Salary Range
$18,000 – $49,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Ceramics Machine Operators do?

Tends preset automatic, semiautomatic, and manually operated machines to drill, mill, grind, saw, top, head, cut, thread, turn, or groove green technical ceramic pieces for electronic, mechanical, industrial, and other uses: Places pieces on feeder of machines that are preset and automatic. Places pieces in jig or chuck and starts semiautomatic machine. Positions pieces in front of bit or tap, moves piece around for boring, drilling, or tapping operations, and removes piece when machining manually. Inspects piece for defects, such as cracks and chips. Gauges piece on snap gauge or go-not-go gauge and discards defective pieces. Cleans pieces, using airhose and rotating brush. Stacks pieces on tray or handtruck and trucks lot to storage shelves. Records number of machined pieces for production purposes.


Should I be a Ceramics Machine Operator?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.
  • Levelheaded: You hold your emotions in check, even in tough situations.
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.

  • Also known as: Machine Operator, Ceramics

    How to Become a
    Ceramics Machine Operator

    Ceramics Machine Operators generally graduate from high school and get on-the-job training. Think about earning a Certificate or Associate’s degree to increase your chances of finding a good job. Check out these schools offering Ceramics Machine Operator-related education!
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