Alabama Department of Labor

Labor Market Information Division
SOC: 51-4021 Extruding and Drawing Machine Setters, Operators,
Set up, operate, or tend machines to extrude or draw thermoplastic or metal materials into tubes, rods, hoses, wire, bars, or structural shapes.
Education: These occupations usually require a high school diploma.
OJT: Employees in these occupations need anywhere from a few months to one year of working with experienced employees. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.
Tasks: Measure and examine extruded products in order to locate defects, and to check for conformance to specifications; adjust controls as necessary to alter products. Determine setup procedures and select machine dies and parts, according to specifications. Install dies, machine screws, and sizing rings on machines that extrude thermoplastic or metal materials. Change dies on extruding machines according to production line changes. Start machines and set controls to regulate vacuum, air pressure, sizing rings, and temperature, and to synchronize speed of extrusion. Replace worn dies when products vary from specifications. Reel extruded products into rolls of specified lengths and weights. Troubleshoot, maintain, and make minor repairs to equipment. Clean work areas.
License: License not required.
Outlook: poor
Alabama Employment Outlook
Alabama Wage Data
Hourly Wage   Annual Wage
Entry $9.94   Entry $20,669.00
Mean $13.84   Mean $28,797.00
Experience $15.79 Experience $32,850.00

The data is based on the May 2017 Occupation Employment Survey employment and wage estimate file. The wages have been aged using the most current ECI factors reflecting wages as of June 2018.

Alabama Projections
Estimated Employment 2016Projected Employment 2026Annual Average OpeningsAnnual Growth Rate
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