Extruding and Forming Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Synthetic and Glass Fibers

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About the Job

Set up, operate, or tend machines that extrude and form continuous filaments from synthetic materials, such as liquid polymer, rayon, and fiberglass.

It is also Called

  • Beamer Operator
  • Beaming Machine Operator
  • Box Spinner
  • Control Room Operator
  • Drawbench Operator
  • Extruder Operator
  • Extrusion Line Operator
  • Extrusion Operator
  • Fiberglass Dowel Drawing Operator
  • Fiber Machine Tender

What They Do

  • Wipe finish rollers with cloths and wash finish trays with water when necessary.
  • Pull extruded fiberglass filaments over sleeves where binding solution is applied, and into grooves of graphite shoes that bind filaments into single strands of sliver.
  • Lower pans inside cabinets to catch molten filaments until flow of polymer through packs has stopped.
  • Record operational data on tags, and attach tags to machines.
  • Turn rheostats to obtain specified temperatures in electric furnaces where glass is melted.
  • Turn petcocks to adjust the flow of binding fluid to sleeves.
  • Pass sliver strands through openings in floors to workers on floors below who wind slivers onto tubes.
  • Clean and maintain extruding and forming machines, using hand tools.
  • Remove polymer deposits from spinnerettes and equipment, using silicone spray, brass chisels, and bronze-wool pads.
  • Press metering-pump buttons and turn valves to stop flow of polymers.

Interests

People who work in this occupation generally have the interest code: R.

This means people who work in this occupation generally have Realistic interests.

Work Values

People who work in this occupation generally prize Support, but also value Relationships and Independence in their jobs.

Things They Need to Know

  • Mechanical - Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
  • Production and Processing - Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Education and Training - Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
  • Computers and Electronics - Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

Things They Need to Be Able to Do

  • Operation Monitoring - Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
  • Operation and Control - Controlling operations of equipment or systems.
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Equipment Maintenance - Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed.
  • Complex Problem Solving - Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.

Education Required

These occupations usually require a high school diploma.

LMI Region

Wages

In 2012, the average annual wage in New Jersey was $31,170 with most people making between $18,870 and $55,730

Outlook

During 2008, this occupation employed approximately n/a people in New Jersey. It is projected that there will be - employed in 2018.

This occupation will have approximately - job openings annually.