Production Machine Tender

Tend one or more machine tools to machine metal workpieces.
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Quick Stats


Salary Range
$21,000 – $48,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Production Machine Tenders do?

Tends one or more machine tools, special-purpose machines, or industrial robots to machine metal workpieces to specifications on production basis: Lifts workpiece manually or using hoist and secures workpiece in fixture or loads automatic feeding device. Starts machine, engages feed, and observes operation. Inspects and measures machined workpieces to verify conformance to specifications, using instruments, such as preset comparator, fixed gauges, calipers, micrometer, or microscope. May move machine controls and guides to adjust machine. May replace worn machine accessories, such as cutting tools or brushes. May add coolant to machine reservoir and turn valve to start flow of coolant. May file, sand, or shape machined parts, using handtools and power tools. May clean machined parts, using degreasing tank or solvent and rags. May machine plastics or other nonmetals. May tend machines and equipment other than machine tools.


Should I be a Production Machine Tender?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.
  • Persistent: You keep pushing through, even when faced with tough obstacles.
  • Independent: You enjoy flying solo and doing things your own way.

  • Also known as: Machine Shop Production Worker, Robotic Machine Tender, Production

    How to Become a
    Production Machine Tender

    Most Production Machine Tenders 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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