Finishing-Area Operator

Control machines from control panel to produce pellets from plastic flakes.
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Salary Range
$21,000 – $47,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Finishing-Area Operators do?

Controls semiautomatic or automatic machines and equipment, such as blenders, mixers, extruders, pelletizers, pumps, blowers, and conveyors, from control panel to produce pellets from plastic flakes: Moves controls on panel to start and stop equipment, to set timing devices for operating cycles, and to direct flow of materials on conveyor. Observes thermometers, gauges, and meters to verify process conditions. Records readings in logs. Turns valves to regulate temperature, pressures, and rate of flow of materials. Inspects equipment for mechanical defects. Gives directions to workers in blending, mixing, and extruding pelletizing materials, and in repairing machines and equipment.


Should I be a Finishing-Area Operator?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Calm Under Pressure: You keep your cool when dealing with highly stressful situations.
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.
  • Team Player: You're able to listen, communicate, and work with tons of different people.

  • Also known as: Finishing Area Operator, Finishing-Powder-Press Operator

    How to become a Finishing-Area Operator

    Most Finishing-Area 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:9gaaaa&chl=no+college+%2891%25%29|certificate+%289%25%29||||&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,91,91
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