Extrusion Line Operator

Set up and maintain machinery that creates seamless products like pipes.
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Salary Range
$22,000 – $45,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Extrusion Line Operators do?

Extrusion is a manufacturing process. Through this technique, things like plastic pipes, metal cutouts, film rolls, and even food products such as macaroni noodles are created.

The process starts when various materials are liquefied and then poured in one continuous stream into different dies and molds. The purpose for this type of process is to produce things with cutouts in them in one solid piece. For example, instead of forming two halves of a piece of pipe and then soldering them together, extrusion lets you make one solid piece in fewer steps. Also, without the seam that connects the two halves, the pipe is actually stronger.

As an Extrusion Line Operator, you work in a manufacturing plant that uses this process. You set up machines, ensure that they work correctly, and perform any basic maintenance they might need as time goes on.

The Extrusion Line Operator oversees the machines as they work, making sure the product that comes out is of excellent quality. You also check for inefficiency, glitches, or other signs that the machine’s parts are getting worn down. When you perform repairs, you keep detailed records so that the machine’s repair schedule stays on track.

In an Extrusion Line Operator job, you need the ability to work well with others, as most of your tasks are given to you by a Manager or Supervisor.


Should I be an Extrusion Line Operator?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.
  • Team Player: You're able to listen, communicate, and work with tons of different people.
  • Trustworthy: You are known for your personal integrity and honesty.

  • Also known as: Extrusion Operator, Line Technician

    How to become an Extrusion Line Operator

    Most Extrusion Line 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:9faaaa&chl=no+college+%2892%25%29|certificate+%288%25%29||||&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,92,92
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