Molding Machine Operator

Set up and operate machines to mold soft candies.
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Quick Stats

Salary Range
$18,000 – $49,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Molding Machine Operators do?

Sets up and operates machine to mold soft candies, such as gumdrops, orange slices, and jellies: Installs mold-printing board in machine and tightens thumbscrews or inserts wedges to secure it. Observes thermometer and turns steam valve to maintain specified temperature in candy-melting hopper. Opens valve or starts pump to fill hopper of depositing unit with fluid candy. Starts machine and turns handwheels to synchronize flow of candy from depositing spouts with speed of mold board as it passes beneath spouts for filling. Weighs formed candy for adherence to specifications and regulates spouts to increase or decrease flow accordingly.

Should I be a Molding Machine 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.
  • Levelheaded: You hold your emotions in check, even in tough situations.
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.

  • Also known as: Heading Up Machine Operator, Molding Line Operator

    How to become a Molding Machine Operator

    Molding 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 Molding Machine Operator-related education!
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