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Molding, Coremaking, and Casting Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic

Job Data

  • Typical education: Apprenticeship/Postsecondary Training

Salary Range

  • New York State: $29,670-$44,160 per year
  • Capital Region: $29,100-$45,980 per year
  • Central New York: $29,960-$45,860 per year
  • Finger Lakes: $28,930-$43,140 per year
  • Hudson Valley: $32,930-$48,570 per year
  • Long Island: $31,760-$45,680 per year
  • Mohawk Valley: $29,490-$43,180 per year
  • New York City: $32,170-$45,470 per year
  • North Country: $29,770-$36,640 per year
  • Southern Tier: $29,180-$42,900 per year
  • Western New York: $29,600-$43,630 per year

Typical Tasks

  1. Measure and visually inspect products for surface and dimension defects to ensure conformance to specifications, using precision measuring instruments.
  2. Observe continuous operation of automatic machines to ensure that products meet specifications and to detect jams or malfunctions, making adjustments as necessary.
  3. Set up, operate, or tend metal or plastic molding, casting, or coremaking machines to mold or cast metal or thermoplastic parts or products.
  4. Turn valves and dials of machines to regulate pressure, temperature, and speed and feed rates, and to set cycle times.
  5. Read specifications, blueprints, and work orders to determine setups, temperatures, and time settings required to mold, form, or cast plastic materials, as well as to plan production sequences.