Transfer Machine Operator

Tend transfer machines.
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Quick Stats

Salary Range
$18,000 – $49,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Transfer Machine Operators do?

Tends transfer machine consisting of series of stations connected by transfer mechanisms that transfer, position, and secure workpieces and perform machining operations, such as drilling, boring, tapping, and milling on metal workpieces, such as castings and forgings: Lifts workpiece manually or with hoist, and places on holding device, such as pallet. Pushes pallet along track into clamping station, and starts mechanisms to clamp workpiece on pallet and transfer to first work station. Inspects machined workpieces for surface defects and verifies conformance to specifications, using measuring instruments, such as fixed gauges and checking fixtures. Changes tools when panel lights indicate that tool is worn or broken, using wrenches. Moves bar to lift derailed pallets back into position. Notifies supervisor if panel lights indicate machine failure or serious malfunctioning.

Should I be a Transfer Machine Operator?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Levelheaded: You hold your emotions in check, even in tough situations.
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.

  • How to Become a
    Transfer Machine Operator

    Transfer 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 Transfer Machine Operator-related education!
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