Shaping Machine Operator

Tend machines that cut shapes from plastic foam blocks.
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Quick Stats


Salary Range
$20,000 – $45,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Shaping Machine Operators do?

Tends machine that cuts spheres, cones, and other shapes from plastic foam blocks: Positions block on machine table and clamps block in holding device. Starts machine and pushes block against curbed blades to cut shapes in block. Removes block from machine and breaks shaped object from block.


Should I be a Shaping Machine Operator?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Team Player: You're able to listen, communicate, and work with tons of different people.
  • Flexible: You're open to change and think variety is the spice of life.
  • Independent: You enjoy flying solo and doing things your own way.

  • Also known as: Leather-Stripping-Machine Operator, Pulping-Machine Operator, Sheeter-Machine Operator, Shredding-Machine Operator

    How to become a Shaping Machine Operator

    Most Shaping 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:9iaaaa&chl=no+college+%2888%25%29|certificate+%2812%25%29||||&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,88,88
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