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Significant Information: Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders-Metal and Plastics




  • Machine setters, operators, and tenders—metal and plastic operate powerful, high-speed machines that can be dangerous if strict safety rules are not observed.
  • A few weeks of on-the-job training is sufficient for most workers to learn basic machine operations, but several years are required to become a highly skilled operator or setter.
  • Overall employment growth in the various machine setter, operator, and tender occupations will be slower than average, although employment trends among these occupations will diverge over the 2002–12 period.