Preform Machine Operator

Set up battery of machines that compress powdered plastics into tablets.
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Quick Stats

Salary Range
$19,000 – $45,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Preform Machine Operators do?

Sets up and adjusts battery of automatic machines that compress powdered plastics into tablets used in molding plastic buttons: Installs specified dies and punches onto machine holder plate according to tablet size specifications, using wrench. Adjusts stroke of punch according to tablet density specifications. Starts battery of automatic machines that compress powdered plastics into tablets. Breaks sample tablets between fingers to test hardness. Weighs sample lot of tablets to verify density. Adjusts machine controls to eliminate tablet defects.

Should I be a Preform 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.
  • Independent: You enjoy flying solo and doing things your own way.
  • Team Player: You're able to listen, communicate, and work with tons of different people.

  • Also known as: Mold Machine Operator, Vanstone Machine Operator

    How to become a Preform Machine Operator

    Most Preform Machine 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:9kaaaa&chl=no+college+%2886%25%29|certificate+%2814%25%29||||&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,86,86
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