Machine Operator II

Tend fabricating machines that cut, shape, and bend metal plates.
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Quick Stats


Salary Range
$21,000 – $48,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Machine Operator IIs do?

Tends fabricating machines, such as cutoff saws, shears, rolls, brakes, presses, forming machines, spinning machines, and punch, that cut, shape, and bend metal plates, sheets, tubes, and structures: Reads job specifications to determine machine adjustments and material requirements. Sets stops or guides to specified length as indicated by scale, rule, or template. Positions workpiece against stops, manually or using hoist, or aligns layout marks with die or blade. Pushes button or depresses pedal to activate machine. Observes machine operation to detect workpiece defects or machine malfunction. Measures workpiece dimensions, using rule, template, or other measuring instruments to determine accuracy of machine operation. Removes burrs, sharp edges, rust, or scale from workpiece, using file, hand grinder, or wire brush. Performs minor machine maintenance, such as oiling machines, dies, or workpieces. Assists machine operators to set up machine, and stack, mark, pack, and transport finished workpieces. May rivet and spot-weld workpieces. May tend machines that fabricate and assemble sheet metal products and be designated Sheet-Metal Production Worker.


Should I be a Machine Operator II?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Persistent: You keep pushing through, even when faced with tough obstacles.
  • Independent: You enjoy flying solo and doing things your own way.
  • Ready for a Challenge: You jump into new projects with initiative and drive.

  • Also known as: Tubing-Mill Operator II

    How to become a Machine Operator II

    Most Machine Operator IIs have no higher education and get on-the-job training. Think about earning a Certificate or Associate's degree to increase your competitiveness in the field. Chart?chd=s:a9scaa&chl=|no+college+%2875%25%29|certificate+%2822%25%29|associate%27s+%283%25%29||&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,0,75
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