What Do Cutting and Slicing Machine Setters, Operators and Tenders Do

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Cutting and Slicing Machine Setters, Operators and Tenders

Cutting and Slicing Machine Setters, Operators and Tenders set up, operate, or tend machines that cut or slice materials, such as glass, stone, cork, rubber, tobacco, food, paper, or insulating material.

Salary
$38220
Becoming One
Easy
Education
No degree required
Job Satisfaction
Low
Job Growth

Personality





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What they do

Cutting and Slicing Machine Setters, Operators and Tenders set up, operate, or tend machines that cut or slice materials, such as glass, stone, cork, rubber, tobacco, food, paper, or insulating material.

  • Set up, operate, or tend machines that cut or slice materials, such as glass, stone, cork, rubber, tobacco, food, paper, or insulating material.
  • Review work orders, blueprints, specifications, or job samples to determine components, settings, and adjustments for cutting and slicing machines.
  • Examine, measure, and weigh materials or products to verify conformance to specifications, using measuring devices, such as rulers, micrometers, or scales.
  • Press buttons, pull levers or depress pedals to start and operate cutting and slicing machines.

Typical day

On a daily basis, CNC Operators press buttons, pull levers or depress pedals to start and operate cutting and slicing machines. They feedstock into cutting machines, onto conveyors, or under cutting blades, by threading, guiding, pushing, or turning handwheels.

A typical day for a Cutting and Slicing Machine Setter, Operator, and Tender will also include:

  • Remove completed materials or products from cutting or slicing machines, and stack or store them for additional processing.
  • Turn cranks or press buttons to activate winches that move cars under sawing cables or saw frames.
  • Examine, measure, and weigh materials or products to verify conformance to specifications, using measuring devices, such as rulers, micrometers, or scales.
  • Move stock or scrap to and from machines manually, or by using carts, hand trucks, or lift trucks.
  • Set up, operate, or tend machines that cut or slice materials, such as glass, stone, cork, rubber, tobacco, food, paper, or insulating material.

Other responsibilities

Besides their typical day, CNC Operators also change or replace saw blades, cables, cutter heads, and grinding wheels, using hand tools. They may also position width gauge blocks between blades, and level blades and insert wedges into frames to secure blades to frames.

On a weekly to monthly basis, CNC Operators start pumps to circulate water and abrasives onto blades or cables during cutting. They might also Cut stock manually to prepare for machine cutting, using tools such as knives, cleavers, handsaws, or hammers and chisels.

In addition, they clean and lubricate cutting machines, conveyors, blades, saws, or knives, using steam hoses, scrapers, brushes, or oil cans.

Although specific duties may vary, many of them sharpen cutting blades, knives, or saws, using files, bench grinders, or honing stones.

To some CNC Operators, it is also their responsibility to wash stones, using water hoses.

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What is the job like

Job satisfaction

Low

Is this job meaningful

Low

61% said they were satisfied with their job and 46% said they found their job meaningful.


Pros

Suitable for people who like practical and hands-on work.

Suitable for people who want to work in a supportive work environment.

This career is perfect for people who love to work indoors.

It is easy to get into this career. Some previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is required for this career.

Cons

Not suitable for people who like to help and teach others.

One of the lowest paying jobs.

Demand for this career is declining.

Long working hours (More than 40 hours per week).

How much do they make

Average salary

$38220 per year

Average hourly wage

$18 per hour

Entry-level Cutting and Slicing Machine Setters, Operators and Tenders with little to no experience can expect to make anywhere between $26,230 to $30,290 per year or $13 to $15 per hour.

Salary by experience Annual Hourly
Highest (Top 10%) $52,650 $25
Senior (Top 25%) $45,470 $22
Median $36,980 $18
Junior (Bottom 25%) $30,290 $15
No experience (Bottom 10%) $26,230 $13

This table shows the top 10 highest paying industries for Cutting and Slicing Machine Setters, Operators and Tenders based on their average annual salary.

Salary by industry Annual Hourly
Other Specialty Trade Contractors $51570 $24.79
Commercial and Service Industry Machinery Manufacturing $47620 $22.89
Pulp, Paper, and Paperboard Mills $47290 $22.74
Chemical Manufacturing $47200 $22.69
Steel Product Manufacturing from Purchased Steel $46230 $22.23
Electrical Equipment Manufacturing $46200 $22.21
Food and Beverage Stores $44060 $21.18
Sugar and Confectionery Product Manufacturing $43470 $20.90
Medical Equipment and Supplies Manufacturing $43120 $20.73
Warehousing and Storage $41740 $20.07

View more salary by industries here.

Where can they work

Where can Cutting and Slicing Machine Setters, Operators and Tenders work? Here is a table showing the top 10 largest employers of Cutting and Slicing Machine Setters, Operators and Tenders including the average salary in that industry.

Employers Total Employed Annual Salary Hourly Wages
Nonmetallic Mineral Product Manufacturing 11400 $38620 $18.57
Converted Paper Product Manufacturing 8380 $41490 $19.95
Printing and Related Support Activities 4500 $37890 $18.22
Rubber Product Manufacturing 4000 $38250 $18.39
Plastics Product Manufacturing 3760 $34920 $16.79
Animal Slaughtering and Processing 2780 $35260 $16.95
Pulp, Paper, and Paperboard Mills 1470 $47290 $22.74
Building Finishing Contractors 1290 $39760 $19.11
Merchant Wholesalers, Durable Goods 1210 $36580 $17.59
Furniture and Related Product Manufacturing 1040 $36060 $17.34

What is the work day like

Working hours

Less than 40 hours
8%

40 hours
35%

More than 40 hours
56%

Working schedule

82%

18%

0%

Email

How often do you use email in this job?

Once a week
13%

Every day
28%

Telephone

How often do you have telephone conversations in this job?

Once a week
10%

Every day
24%

Group discussions

How often do you have group discussions in this job?

Once a week
3%

Every day
79%

Public speaking

How often does this job require you to do public speaking?

Never
81%

Once a year
6%

Once a month
12%

Once a week
2%

Every day
0%

Level of competition

How much competitive pressure is in this job?

Not competitive at all
27%

Slightly competitive
15%

Moderately competitive
38%

Highly competitive
6%

Extremely competitive
13%

What is the work environment like

Office-style environment

Indoors in an environmentally controlled condition

Never
43%

Once a year or more
0%

Once a month or more
0%

Once a week or more
1%

Every day
56%

Warehouse-style environment

Indoors in a non-controlled environmental condition such as a warehouse

Never
41%

Once a year or more
2%

Once a month or more
0%

Once a week or more
12%

Every day
46%

Outdoors

Outdoors exposed to all weather conditions

Never
67%

Once a year or more
16%

Once a month or more
3%

Once a week or more
7%

Every day
7%

Outdoors – Under Cover

Outdoors but under cover (e.g. structure with roof but no walls)

Never
70%

Once a year or more
8%

Once a month or more
3%

Once a week or more
13%

Every day
6%

How to become one

Difficulty to become one

Easy
You may need some previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience. Most careers in this difficulty category usually don’t require a degree. However, you will need a few months of on-the-job training with experienced employees. Similar careers include Customer Service Representatives, Security Guards, and Bank Tellers.

Required level of education

What level of education do you need to perform the job?

Less than a High School Diploma
38%

High School Diploma or equivalent
55%

Post-Secondary Certificate
5%

Some College Courses
1%

Associate’s Degree or similar
0%

Bachelor’s Degree
0%

Post-Baccalaureate Certificate
0%

Master’s Degree
0%

Post-Master’s Certificate
0%

First Professional Degree
0%

Doctoral Degree
0%

Post-Doctoral Training
0%

Relevant majors

No majors found

Relevant work experience

How much related work experience do you need to get hired for the job?

None
59%

1 month
1%

1 to 3 months
2%

3 to 6 months
7%

6 months to 1 year
16%

1 to 2 years
13%

2 to 4 years
2%

4 to 6 years
1%

6 to 8 years
0%

8 to 10 years
0%

Over 10 years
0%

On The Job Training

How much on the job training do you need to perform the job?

None or short demonstration
13%

1 month
26%

1 to 3 months
30%

3 to 6 months
8%

6 months to 1 year
17%

1 to 2 years
5%

2 to 4 years
0%

4 to 10 years
0%

Over 10 years
0%

Should you become one

Best personality type for this career

The Builder

People with this personality type likes practical and hands-on work. They prefer working with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery.

The Builder
100%

People with The Builder personality type likes practical and hands-on work. They prefer working with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery.


The Thinker
19%

People with The Thinker personality likes to work with ideas that require an extensive amount of thinking. They prefer work that requires them to solve problems mentally.


The Artist
14%

People with The Artist personality likes to work with designs and patterns. They prefer activities that require self-expression and prefer work that can be done without following a clear set of rules.


The Helper
14%

People with The Helper personality type likes to work with people and in teams. They prefer work that allows them to build relationships with others.


The Leader
29%

People with The Leader personality likes to start and work on projects. They also like leading people and making many decisions.


The Organizer
43%

People with The Organizer personality type likes to follow set procedures and routines. They prefer working with data and details more than with ideas.


You can read more about these career personality types here.

People who are suitable for this job tend to like work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They like working with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery.

They also like following set procedures and routines. They like working with data and details more than with ideas.

Take this quiz to see if this is the right career for you.

Work Values

Which values are the most important to a person’s satisfaction for this job?

Achievement
33%

You are someone who is results oriented. You prefer work that allows you to utilize your skills and abilities while at the same time giving you a sense of accomplishment.

Working Conditions
40%

You are someone who values job security, steady employment, and good working conditions. You also prefer work that keeps you busy all the time with something different to do every day.

Recognition
33%

You are someone who values job advancement and leadership roles. You prefer work that receives recognition for the work you do and jobs that are looked up to by others in the company and your community.

Relationships
52%

You are someone who likes to provide a service to others. You prefer a work environment where you can work with your co-workers in a friendly non-competitive environment.

Support
81%

You are someone who values a company that stands behind their employees. You prefer a work environment where everyone is treated fairly and is being supported by the company.

Independence
57%

You are someone who likes to work on your own and make your own decisions. You prefer work that requires little supervision and are allowed to try out your own ideas.

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