Compression Molding Machine Operator

Set up and operate compression molding machines.
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Salary Range
$19,000 – $45,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Compression Molding Machine Operators do?

Sets up and operates compression molding machines to mold plastic and carbon, graphite, or copper powder products according to specifications: Installs dies on press, using clamps, bolts, and handtools, and coats dies with parting agents, according to work order. Sets thermostat to regulate temperature of dies. Weighs premixed compounds and dumps compound into die well, spreads fabric on die and dumps compound over fabric, or fills hoppers of machines that automatically supply compound to dies during machine operation, using scoop. Presses button or pulls lever to activate machines to compress compounds between dies to form and cure specified products. Removes cured products from mold, using handtools and airhose. Observes machine operation and examines products ejected by machines to determine whether products meet specifications, using calipers. Turns pressure control knobs, bolts, and handwheels to adjust machines. May mix catalysts and coloring pigments with plastic compound, using paddle and mixing machine. May operate compression molding machines to form product under pressure only and be designated Cold-Molding-Press Operator. May be designated Press Operator, Carbon Products.

Should I be a Compression Molding 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.
  • Independent: You enjoy flying solo and doing things your own way.
  • Team Player: You're able to listen, communicate, and work with tons of different people.

  • Also known as: Cold-Molding-Press Operator

    How to Become a
    Compression Molding Machine Operator

    Most Compression Molding Machine Operators have no higher education and get on-the-job training. Think about earning a Certificate to increase your competitiveness in the field. Chart?chd=s:9kaaaa&chl=no+college+%2886%25%29|certificate+%2814%25%29||||&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,86,86
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