Cutting Machine Tender

Tend power shears that cut sheets of materials.
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Quick Stats

Salary Range
$20,000 – $45,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Cutting Machine Tenders do?

Tends power shear that cuts sheets of material, such as paper, pressboard, foil, cardboard, cork, or plastic material to specified dimension for items, such as cartons, wrappers, labels, business forms, or gaskets: Adjusts guides on machine to regulate width of cut according to work order, following calibrated scale on machine bed or using ruler. Positions and aligns sheets against guides and presses lever to clamp sheets to bed of machine prior to cutting. Presses button(s) or moves lever controls to force shear blade through sheets. Adjusts guides and repositions material to trim or square edges to specifications. May change shear blade, using handtools. May be designated according to type of material cut as Cardboard Cutter; Cutter, Plastic Sheets; Paper Cutter. May cut material manually, using hand-powered shear, and be designated Paper Cutter, Hand.

Should I be a Cutting Machine Tender?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Levelheaded: You hold your emotions in check, even in tough situations.
  • Flexible: You're open to change and think variety is the spice of life.
  • Team Player: You're able to listen, communicate, and work with tons of different people.

  • How to become a Cutting Machine Tender

    Most Cutting Machine Tenders 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:9iaaaa&chl=no+college+%2888%25%29|certificate+%2812%25%29||||&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,88,88
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