Cutting and Slicing Machine Operators
On the Job
Cutting and Slicing Machine Operators set up, operate, or tend machines that cut or slice materials. They may cut glass, stone, cork, rubber, food, paper, or other materials.
This career requires time standing, walking, or running.
Typical Work Tasks
People who work in this career often:
- Operate cranes, hoists, or other moving or lifting equipment.
- Operate cutting equipment.
- Operate grinding equipment.
- Adjust equipment controls to regulate flow of water, cleaning solutions, or other liquids.
- Cut industrial materials in preparation for fabrication or processing.
- Draw guide lines or markings on materials or workpieces using patterns or other references.
- Feed materials or products into or through equipment.
- Mount attachments or tools onto production equipment.
- Position raw materials on processing or production equipment.
- Remove products or workpieces from production equipment.
Typical Working Conditions
- Wearing common protective or safety equipment such as safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hearing protection, hard hats, or life jackets.
- Having face-to-face discussions.
- The importance of being accurate or exact.
- Exposure to sounds or noise levels that are distracting or uncomfortable.
- Working with a group or team.
- Exposure to hazardous equipment.
- Responsibility for others' health and safety.
- Making decisions that impact co-workers or company results.
- A work pace that is determined by the speed of equipment.
This page includes information from the O*NET 24.2 Database by the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA). Used under the CC BY 4.0 license. O*NET® is a trademark of USDOL/ETA.
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