Alabama Department of Labor

Labor Market Information Division
SOC: 51-4022 Forging Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic
Set up, operate, or tend forging machines to taper, shape, or form metal or plastic parts.
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 inspect machined parts to ensure conformance to product specifications. Read work orders or blueprints to determine specified tolerances and sequences of operations for machine setup. Start machines to produce sample workpieces, and observe operations to detect machine malfunctions and to verify that machine setups conform to specifications. Remove dies from machines when production runs are finished. Turn handles or knobs to set pressures and depths of ram strokes and to synchronize machine operations. Confer with other workers about machine setups and operational specifications. Repair, maintain, and replace parts on dies.
License: License not required.
Outlook: Satisfactory
Alabama Employment Outlook
Alabama Wage Data
Hourly Wage   Annual Wage
Entry $12.97   Entry $26,981.00
Mean $21.46   Mean $44,649.00
Experience $25.71 Experience $53,488.00

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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51-4022.00 Forging Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic