Precision Metal Manufacturing

  • Machining Information



    What Metal and Plastic Machine Workers Do

    Metal and plastic machine workers set up and operate machines that cut, shape, and form metal and plastic materials or pieces.

    Work Environment

    Metal and plastic machine workers are employed mainly in factories. Although the work is not inherently dangerous, hazards exist and workers must adhere to safety standards. Most work full time, and some work evenings and weekends.

    How to Become a Metal or Plastic Machine Worker

    A few months of on-the-job training are enough for most workers to learn basic machine operations, but 1 year or more is required to become highly skilled. Computer-controlled machine workers may need more training. Although not always required, employers prefer to hire workers who have a high school diploma.


    The median hourly wage for metal and plastic machine workers was $15.84 in May 2012.

    Job Outlook

    Employment of metal and plastic machine workers is projected to decline 6 percent from 2012 to 2022. Employment will decline due to advances in technology, foreign competition, and changing demand for the goods these workers produce.

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    More Information, Including Links to O*NET

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