Electronic Equipment Set-Up Operator

Set up and operate equipment to fabricate printed circuit boards.
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Salary Range
$20,000 – $54,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Electronic Equipment Set-Up Operators do?

Sets up and operates equipment, such as shearing machine, laminator, and drill, to fabricate single- and multi-layer printed circuit boards, following diagrams and specifications: Determines dimensions and tolerances of boards, sequence of operations, and tools and equipment required, according to diagrams and specifications, and measures and marks dimensions and reference points to lay out boards for machining. Sets up and operates shearing machine and drills to cut, form, and drill holes into boards according to specifications. Bevels edge connectors, using slotter, and verifies dimensions and tolerances, using calipers. Sets up and controls laminating and other plating equipment, to apply copper plating and photoresist to boards. Photographs design image and exposes film to produce and develop acid resisting circuitry pattern, using photographic equipment. Etches and retouches circuitry on boards, using etcher. Bonds two or more PCB’s together to form multilayer boards, using laminating press.


Should I be an Electronic Equipment Set-Up Operator?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • High Achiever: You love the challenge of tackling difficult work.
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.

  • How to Become an
    Electronic Equipment Set-Up Operator

    Electronic Equipment Set-Up 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 Electronic Equipment Set-Up Operator-related education!
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