Metal, Plastic and Other Production Workers
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Metal, plastic, and other production workers repair, test, adjust or install electronic equipment, industrial production, and processing machinery or refinery & pipeline distribution systems, perform routine machinery maintenance, move heavy equipment & machinery according to layout plans or blueprints, tend machines to extrude thermoplastic or metal materials, produce precision parts & instruments, tend furnaces, mold plastic, and metal castings & patterns, operate and develop computer-controlled machines & robots.

Workers also operate forging & sawing machines, painting, spraying, plastic & metal forming, cleaning, plating & coating, turning, milling, engraving & tending machinery. As well as drilling & grinding and flame-cutting & hand-soldering heating equipment.

Involves production work related to metal, plastic, electrolysis process, chemical processes, coal, glass, stone & concrete, rubber & tires, sand, insulating materials, brick & tile, candles, wood, electronic semiconductors, decorative articles such as furniture, eyeglasses & other precision optical equipment, orthotics supportive devices, jewelry repair & design and nonagricultural raw materials.

Lastly, this group includes workers involved in developing and processing of photographic images but excludes all activities related to fabric and shoemaking and the following categories; “Mobile Heavy Equipment Mechanics, Except Engines” (49-3042), “Maintenance and Repair Workers, General” (49-9071), “Woodworking Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders” (51-7040), Excludes “Paper Goods Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders” (51-9196) and “Prepress Technicians and Workers” (51-5111).

United States SOC Codes included for reference:

• 49-2094 Electrical and Electronics Repairers, Commercial and Industrial Equipment
• 49-9041 Industrial Machinery Mechanics
• 49-9043 Maintenance Workers, Machinery
• 49-9044 Millwrights
• 51-4011 Computer-Controlled Machine Tool Operators, Metal and Plastic
• 51-4012 Computer Numerically Controlled Machine Tool Programmers, Metal and Plastic
• 51-4021 Extruding and Drawing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic
• 51-4022 Forging Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic
• 51-4023 Rolling Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic
• 51-4031 Cutting, Punching, and Press Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic
• 51-4032 Drilling and Boring Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic
• 51-4033 Grinding, Lapping, Polishing, and Buffing Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic
• 51-4034 Lathe and Turning Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic
• 51-4035 Milling and Planning Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic
• 51-4041 Machinists
• 51-4051 Metal-Refining Furnace Operators and Tenders
• 51-4052 Pourers and Casters, Metal
• 51-4061 Model Makers, Metal and Plastic
• 51-4062 Patternmakers, Metal and Plastic
• 51-4071 Foundry Mold and Coremakers
• 51-4072 Molding, Coremaking, and Casting Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic
• 51-4081 Multiple Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic
• 51-4111 Tool and Die Makers
• 51-4191 Heat Treating Equipment Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic
• 51-4192 Layout Workers, Metal and Plastic
• 51-4193 Plating Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic
• 51-4194 Tool Grinders, Filers, and Sharpeners
• 51-4199 Metal Workers and Plastic Workers, All Other
• 51-8091 Chemical Plant and System Operators
• 51-9011 Chemical Equipment Operators and Tenders
• 51-9012 Separating, Filtering, Clarifying, Precipitating, and Still Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders
• 51-9021 Crushing, Grinding, and Polishing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders
• 51-9022 Grinding and Polishing Workers, Hand
• 51-9023 Mixing and Blending Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders
• 51-9031 Cutters and Trimmers, Hand
• 51-9032 Cutting and Slicing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders
• 51-9041 Extruding, Forming, Pressing, and Compacting Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders
• 51-9051 Furnace, Kiln, Oven, Drier, and Kettle Operators and Tenders
• 51-9061 Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers
• 51-9071 Jewelers and Precious Stone and Metal Workers
• 51-9081 Dental Laboratory Technicians
• 51-9082 Medical Appliance Technicians
• 51-9083 Ophthalmic Laboratory Technicians
• 51-9111 Packaging and Filling Machine Operators and Tenders
• 51-9121 Coating, Painting, and Spraying Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders
• 51-9122 Painters, Transportation Equipment
• 51-9123 Painting, Coating, and Decorating Workers
• 51-9141 Semiconductor Processing Technicians
• 51-9151 Photographic Process Workers and Processing Machine Operators
• 51-9191 Adhesive Bonding Machine Operators and Tenders
• 51-9192 Cleaning, Washing, and Metal Pickling Equipment Operators and Tenders
• 51-9193 Cooling and Freezing Equipment Operators and Tenders
• 51-9194 Etchers and Engravers
• 51-9195 Molders, Shapers, and Casters, Except Metal and Plastic
• 51-9197 Tire Builders
• 51-9198 Helpers–Production Workers
• 51-9199 Production Workers, All Other

Top Job Titles: Machine Operators, Software Testers, CNC Machinists, Production Workers, Maintenance Mechanics, General Labor Operations Workers, Quality Inspectors, Production Operators, Press Operators

Top Skills: Warehousing, Product Testing, Market Research, Machine Operation, Packaging & Labeling, Machining, Lathes, Blueprinting, Tooling, Forklift Truck

Top Educational Programs: Manufacturing Management, Operations Management, Maintenance Management, Quality Management, Metal Work, Welding

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