Production Electrical-Discharge-Machine Operator

Operate electrical-discharge machines to shape metal workpieces.
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Salary Range
$20,000 – $54,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Production Electrical-Discharge-Machine Operators do?

Operates one or more electrical-discharge machines to shape metal workpieces to specifications, following standard charts: Obtains from job order or verbal instructions such information as electrode to be used, depth setting, and number of workpieces or cavities to be shaped. Mounts specified electrode in preset holder on spindle. Positions and secures workpiece on machine table or places it in fixture. Moves controls to align electrode and workpiece and to set electrode feed rate, depth limit, and electric current. Starts machine, turns on flow of dielectric coolant, and observes operation. May inspect work visually or with measuring instruments.


Should I be a Production Electrical-Discharge-Machine Operator?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • High Achiever: You love the challenge of tackling difficult work.
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.
  • Ready for a Challenge: You jump into new projects with initiative and drive.

  • Also known as: Double-End-Production Grinder, Electrical-Discharge-Machine Operator, Production See More

    How to Become a
    Production Electrical-Discharge-Machine Operator

    Production Electrical-Discharge-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 Production Electrical-Discharge-Machine Operator-related education!
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