General Machine Operator

Tend machines that punch holes, trim or notch envelope ends.
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Quick Stats

Salary Range
$18,000 – $49,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do General Machine Operators do?

Tends automatic and semiautomatic machines that punch holes, trim or notch envelope ends, and affix clasps, reinforcing patches, and snap fasteners and string or wire ties to envelopes: Turns screws to adjust guides and stops of machines, such as clasp, eyeletter, patch, tension, and thumb cut to accommodate specified size envelopes, using handtools. Pours clasps, eyelets, snap fasteners, or other envelope parts into machine hoppers and mounts rolls of patching or reinforcing tape on machine spindles. Positions envelopes on feed bed or under operating heads of machines against guides and stops. Depresses hand or foot levers to actuate machines. Removes completed envelopes and packs them in carton or box.

Should I be a General 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.
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.
  • Levelheaded: You hold your emotions in check, even in tough situations.

  • Also known as: General Utility Machine Operator, Machine Operator, General

    How to become a General Machine Operator

    General Machine 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 General Machine Operator-related education!
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