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Assemblers

Assemblers and fabricators assemble finished products and the parts that go into them. They use tools, machines, and their hands to make engines, computers, aircraft, ships, boats, toys, electronic devices, control panels, and more.

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AssemblersSOC 51-2011.00Aircraft Structure, Surfaces, Rigging, and Systems Assemblers400$24Assemble, fit, fasten, and install parts of airplanes, space vehicles, or missiles, such as tails, wings, fuselage, bulkheads, stabilizers, landing gear, rigging and control equipment, or heating and ventilating systems.
AssemblersSOC 51-2031.00Engine and Other Machine Assemblers250$23Construct, assemble, or rebuild machines, such as engines, turbines, and similar equipment used in such industries as construction, extraction, textiles, and paper manufacturing.
AssemblersSOC 51-2091.00Fiberglass Laminators and Fabricators250$18Laminate layers of fiberglass on molds to form boat decks and hulls, bodies for golf carts, automobiles, or other products.
AssemblersSOC 51-2041.00Structural Metal Fabricators and Fitters1150$18Fabricate, position, align, and fit parts of structural metal products. Shipfitters are included in “Layout Workers, Metal and Plastic” (51-4192).

CAD

CAD Drafters use software to convert the designs of engineers and architects into technical drawings.

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CADSOC 17-3019.00Drafters, All Other500$29All drafters not listed separately.
CADSOC 17-3012.00Electrical and Electronics Drafters1400$37Prepare wiring diagrams, circuit board assembly diagrams, and layout drawings used for the manufacture, installation, or repair of electrical equipment.
CADSOC 17-3013.00Mechanical Drafters1400$33Prepare detailed working diagrams of machinery and mechanical devices, including dimensions, fastening methods, and other engineering information.

Electrical / Electronics

Electrical and electronics installers and repairers install or repair a variety of electrical equipment in telecommunications, transportation, utilities, and other industries.

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Electrical / ElectronicSOC 49-2093.00Electrical and Electronics Installers and Repairers, Transportation Equipment400$33Install, adjust, or maintain mobile electronics communication equipment, including sound, sonar, security, navigation, and surveillance systems on trains, watercraft, or other mobile equipment. Excludes “Avionics Technicians" (49-2091) and "Electronic Equipment Installers and Repairers, Motor Vehicles" (49-2096).
Electrical / ElectronicSOC 49-2094.00Electrical and Electronics Repairers, Commercial and Industrial Equipment1700$28Repair, test, adjust, or install electronic equipment, such as industrial controls, transmitters, and antennas. Excludes “Avionics Technicians" (49-2091), "Electronic Equipment Installers and Repairers, Motor Vehicles" (49-2096), and "Electrical and Electronics Installers and Repairers, Transportation Equipment" (49-2093).
Electrical / ElectronicSOC 49-2095.00Electrical and Electronics Repairers, Powerhouse, Substation, and Relay400$48Inspect, test, repair, or maintain electrical equipment in generating stations, substations, and in-service relays.

Industrial Maintenance

Industrial maintenance, also referred to as plant maintenanceis the application of reliability best practices to increase equipment uptime in a manufacturing environment.

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Industrial MaintenanceSOC 49-9098.00Helpers--Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Workers3000$17Help installation, maintenance, and repair workers in maintenance, parts replacement, and repair of vehicles, industrial machinery, and electrical and electronic equipment. Perform duties such as furnishing tools, materials, and supplies to other workers; cleaning work area, machines, and tools; and holding materials or tools for other workers.
Industrial MaintenanceSOC 49-9041.00Industrial Machinery Mechanics5500$32Repair, install, adjust, or maintain industrial production and processing machinery or refinery and pipeline distribution systems. Excludes “Millwrights" (49-9044), "Mobile Heavy Equipment Mechanics, Except Engines" (49-3042), and "Maintenance Workers, Machinery" (49-9043).
Industrial MaintenanceSOC 49-9099.00Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Workers, All Other5850$23All, installation, maintenance, and repair workers not listed separately.
Industrial MaintenanceSOC 49-9071.00Maintenance and Repair Workers, General37850$23Perform work involving the skills of two or more maintenance or craft occupations to keep machines, mechanical equipment, or the structure of an establishment in repair. Duties may involve pipe fitting; boiler making; insulating; welding; machining; carpentry; repairing electrical or mechanical equipment; installing, aligning, and balancing new equipment; and repairing buildings, floors, or stairs. Excludes “Maintenance Workers, Machinery" (49-9043).
Industrial MaintenanceSOC 49-9043.00Maintenance Workers, Machinery1400$29Lubricate machinery, change parts, or perform other routine machinery maintenance. Excludes “Maintenance and Repair Workers, General" (49-9071).
Industrial MaintenanceSOC 49-9044.00Millwrights1200$37Install, dismantle, or move machinery and heavy equipment according to layout plans, blueprints, or other drawings.
Industrial MaintenanceSOC 49-9069.00Precision Instrument and Equipment Repairers, All Other500$30All precision instrument and equipment repairers not listed separately.
Industrial MaintenanceSOC 49-9096.00Riggers500$16Set up or repair rigging for construction projects, manufacturing plants, logging yards, ships and shipyards, or for the entertainment industry.

Machinists

Machinists use machine tools, such as lathes, milling machines, and grinders, to produce precision metal parts. Many machinists must be able to use both manual and CNC (Computer Numerical Control) machinery.

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MachinistsSOC 51-4012.00Computer Numerically Controlled Machine Tool Programmers, Metal and Plastic800$35Develop programs to control machining or processing of metal or plastic parts by automatic machine tools, equipment, or systems.
MachinistsSOC 51-4011.00Computer-Controlled Machine Tool Operators, Metal and Plastic2200$20Operate computer-controlled machines or robots to perform one or more machine functions on metal or plastic work pieces.
MachinistsSOC 51-4031.00Cutting, Punching, and Press Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic2200$18Set up, operate, or tend machines to saw, cut, shear, slit, punch, crimp, notch, bend, or straighten metal or plastic material.
MachinistsSOC 51-4021.00Extruding and Drawing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic700$17Set up, operate, or tend machines to extrude or draw thermoplastic or metal materials into tubes, rods, hoses, wire, bars, or structural shapes.
MachinistsSOC 51-4022.00Forging Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic250$22Set up, operate, or tend forging machines to taper, shape, or form metal or plastic parts.
MachinistsSOC 51-4033.00Grinding, Lapping, Polishing, and Buffing Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic1900$18Set up, operate, or tend grinding and related tools that remove excess material or burrs from surfaces, sharpen edges or corners, or buff, hone, or polish metal or plastic work pieces.
MachinistsSOC 51-4034.00Lathe and Turning Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic550$18Set up, operate, or tend lathe and turning machines to turn, bore, thread, form, or face metal or plastic materials, such as wire, rod, or bar stock.
MachinistsSOC 51-4041.00Machinists8050$26Set up and operate a variety of machine tools to produce precision parts and instruments. Includes precision instrument makers who fabricate, modify, or repair mechanical instruments. May also fabricate and modify parts to make or repair machine tools or maintain industrial machines, applying knowledge of mechanics, mathematics, metal properties, layout, and machining procedures.
MachinistsSOC 51-4199.00Metal Workers and Plastic Workers, All Other600$21All metal workers and plastic workers not listed separately.
MachinistsSOC 51-4035.00Milling and Planing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic300$22Set up, operate, or tend milling or planing machines to mill, plane, shape, groove, or profile metal or plastic work pieces.
MachinistsSOC 51-4061.00Model Makers, Metal and Plastic200$27Set up and operate machines, such as lathes, milling and engraving machines, and jig borers to make working models of metal or plastic objects. Includes template makers.
MachinistsSOC 51-4081.00Multiple Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic1000$17Set up, operate, or tend more than one type of cutting or forming machine tool or robot.
MachinistsSOC 51-4023.00Rolling Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic250$21Set up, operate, or tend machines to roll steel or plastic forming bends, beads, knurls, rolls, or plate or to flatten, temper, or reduce gauge of material.
MachinistsSOC 51-4111.00Tool and Die Makers550$28Analyze specifications, lay out metal stock, set up and operate machine tools, and fit and assemble parts to make and repair dies, cutting tools, jigs, fixtures, gauges, and machinists' hand tools.
MachinistsSOC 51-4194.00Tool Grinders, Filers, and Sharpeners250$18Perform precision smoothing, sharpening, polishing, or grinding of metal objects.

Operators

Machine operators set-up, operate, and maintain machinery, usually in a manufacturing setting. They are responsible for ensuring the machine produces high quality products, runs smoothly and at capacity, and is properly maintained.

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OperatorsSOC 51-9011.00Chemical Equipment Operators and Tenders750$30Operate or tend equipment to control chemical changes or reactions in the processing of industrial or consumer products. Equipment used includes devulcanizers, steam-jacketed kettles, and reactor vessels. Excludes “Chemical Plant and System Operators" (51-8091).
OperatorsSOC 51-9032.00Cutting and Slicing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders950$18Set up, operate, or tend machines that cut or slice materials, such as glass, stone, cork, rubber, tobacco, food, paper, or insulating material. Excludes “Woodworking Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders" (51-7040), "Cutting, Punching, and Press Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic" (51-4031), and "Textile Cutting Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders" (51-6062).
OperatorsSOC 51-9041.00Extruding, Forming, Pressing, and Compacting Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders1050$19Set up, operate, or tend machines, such as glass forming machines, plodder machines, and tuber machines, to shape and form products, such as glassware, food, rubber, soap, brick, tile, clay, wax, tobacco, or cosmetics. Excludes “Paper Goods Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders" (51-9196) and "Shoe Machine Operators and Tenders" (51-6042).
OperatorsSOC 51-3091.00Food and Tobacco Roasting, Baking, and Drying Machine Operators and Tenders200$16Operate or tend food or tobacco roasting, baking, or drying equipment, including hearth ovens, kiln driers, roasters, char kilns, and vacuum drying equipment.
OperatorsSOC 51-9023.00Mixing and Blending Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders3750$22Set up, operate, or tend machines to mix or blend materials, such as chemicals, tobacco, liquids, color pigments, or explosive ingredients. Excludes “Food Batchmakers" (51-3092).
OperatorsSOC 51-4072.00Molding, Coremaking, and Casting Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic1350$16Set up, operate, or tend metal or plastic molding, casting, or coremaking machines to mold or cast metal or thermoplastic parts or products.
OperatorsSOC 51-8099.00Plant and System Operators, All Other250$38All plant and system operators not listed separately.
OperatorsSOC 51-4193.00Plating and Coating Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic1300$18Set up, operate, or tend plating or coating machines to coat metal or plastic products with chromium, zinc, copper, cadmium, nickel, or other metal to protect or decorate surfaces. Includes electrolytic processes.
OperatorsSOC 51-5111.00Prepress Technicians and Workers400$22Format and proof text and images submitted by designers and clients into finished pages that can be printed. Includes digital and photo typesetting. May produce printing plates.
OperatorsSOC 51-9141.00Semiconductor Processors1900$22Perform any or all of the following functions in the manufacture of electronic semiconductors: load semiconductor material into furnace; saw formed ingots into segments; load individual segment into crystal growing chamber and monitor controls; locate crystal axis in ingot using x-ray equipment and saw ingots into wafers; and clean, polish, and load wafers into series of special purpose furnaces, chemical baths, and equipment used to form circuitry and change conductive properties.
OperatorsSOC 51-9012.00Separating, Filtering, Clarifying, Precipitating, and Still Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders4250$24Set up, operate, or tend continuous flow or vat-type equipment; filter presses; shaker screens; centrifuges; condenser tubes; precipitating, fermenting, or evaporating tanks; scrubbing towers; or batch stills. These machines extract, sort, or separate liquids, gases, or solids from other materials to recover a refined product. Includes dairy processing equipment operators. Excludes “Chemical Equipment Operators and Tenders" (51-9011).
OperatorsSOC 51-7042.00Woodworking Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Except Sawing600$16Set up, operate, or tend woodworking machines, such as drill presses, lathes, shapers, routers, sanders, planers, and wood nailing machines. May operate CNC equipment.

Supervisors

production supervisor is a management-level employee in charge of overseeing the production staff at a company.

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SupervisorsSOC 51-1011.00First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers12300$33Directly supervise and coordinate the activities of production and operating workers, such as inspectors, precision workers, machine setters and operators, assemblers, fabricators, and plant and system operators. Excludes team or work leaders.

Technicians

A Technician is a worker in a field of technology who is proficient in the relevant skill and technique, with a relatively practical understanding of the theoretical principles.

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TechniciansSOC 17-3021.00Aerospace Engineering and Operations Technicians700$30Operate, install, calibrate, and maintain integrated computer/communications systems, consoles, simulators, and other data acquisition, test, and measurement instruments and equipment, which are used to launch, track, position, and evaluate air and space vehicles. May record and interpret test data.
TechniciansSOC 17-3023.00Electrical and Electronics Engineering Technicians9300$31Apply electrical and electronic theory and related knowledge, usually under the direction of engineering staff, to design, build, repair, calibrate, and modify electrical components, circuitry, controls, and machinery for subsequent evaluation and use by engineering staff in making engineering design decisions. Excludes “Broadcast Technicians" (27-4012).
TechniciansSOC 17-3024.00Electro-Mechanical Technicians850$29Operate, test, maintain, or calibrate unmanned, automated, servo-mechanical, or electromechanical equipment. May operate unmanned submarines, aircraft, or other equipment at worksites, such as oil rigs, deep ocean exploration, or hazardous waste removal. May assist engineers in testing and designing robotics equipment.
TechniciansSOC 17-3029.00Engineering Technicians, Except Drafters, All Other3200$33All engineering technicians, except drafters, not listed separately.
TechniciansSOC 17-3025.00Environmental Engineering Technicians900$28Apply theory and principles of environmental engineering to modify, test, and operate equipment and devices used in the prevention, control, and remediation of environmental problems, including waste treatment and site remediation, under the direction of engineering staff or scientist. May assist in the development of environmental remediation devices.
TechniciansSOC 17-3026.00Industrial Engineering Technicians1200$28Apply engineering theory and principles to problems of industrial layout or manufacturing production, usually under the direction of engineering staff. May perform time and motion studies on worker operations in a variety of industries for purposes such as establishing standard production rates or improving efficiency.
TechniciansSOC 51-9061.00Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers13500$22Inspect, test, sort, sample, or weigh nonagricultural raw materials or processed, machined, fabricated, or assembled parts or products for defects, wear, and deviations from specifications. May use precision measuring instruments and complex test equipment.
TechniciansSOC 17-3027.00Mechanical Engineering Technicians1100$28Apply theory and principles of mechanical engineering to modify, develop, test, or calibrate machinery and equipment under direction of engineering staff or physical scientists.
TechniciansSOC 29-9012.00Occupational Health and Safety Technicians350$30Collect data on work environments for analysis by occupational health and safety specialists. Implement and conduct evaluation of programs designed to limit chemical, physical, biological, and ergonomic risks to workers.

Welders

Welders join pieces of metal, often using intense heat or other methods of fusing separate metal pieces together. Their work can be indoors or out, or even underwater!

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Welding Job Details
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WeldersSOC 51-4191.00Heat Treating Equipment Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic200$26Set up, operate, or tend heating equipment, such as heat-treating furnaces, flame-hardening machines, induction machines, soaking pits, or vacuum equipment to temper, harden, anneal, or heat-treat metal or plastic objects.
WeldersSOC 51-4192.00Layout Workers, Metal and Plastic250$19Lay out reference points and dimensions on metal or plastic stock or workpieces, such as sheets, plates, tubes, structural shapes, castings, or machine parts, for further processing. Includes shipfitters.
WeldersSOC 51-4121.00Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers5700$24Use hand-welding, flame-cutting, hand soldering, or brazing equipment to weld or join metal components or to fill holes, indentations, or seams of fabricated metal products.
WeldersSOC 51-4122.00Welding, Soldering, and Brazing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders600$22Set up, operate, or tend welding, soldering, or brazing machines or robots that weld, braze, solder, or heat treat metal products, components, or assemblies. Includes workers who operate laser cutters or laser-beam machines.

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AssemblersSOC 51-2011.00Aircraft Structure, Surfaces, Rigging, and Systems Assemblers400$24Assemble, fit, fasten, and install parts of airplanes, space vehicles, or missiles, such as tails, wings, fuselage, bulkheads, stabilizers, landing gear, rigging and control equipment, or heating and ventilating systems.
AssemblersSOC 51-2031.00Engine and Other Machine Assemblers250$23Construct, assemble, or rebuild machines, such as engines, turbines, and similar equipment used in such industries as construction, extraction, textiles, and paper manufacturing.
AssemblersSOC 51-2091.00Fiberglass Laminators and Fabricators250$18Laminate layers of fiberglass on molds to form boat decks and hulls, bodies for golf carts, automobiles, or other products.
AssemblersSOC 51-2041.00Structural Metal Fabricators and Fitters1150$18Fabricate, position, align, and fit parts of structural metal products. Shipfitters are included in “Layout Workers, Metal and Plastic” (51-4192).
CADSOC 17-3019.00Drafters, All Other500$29All drafters not listed separately.
CADSOC 17-3012.00Electrical and Electronics Drafters1400$37Prepare wiring diagrams, circuit board assembly diagrams, and layout drawings used for the manufacture, installation, or repair of electrical equipment.
CADSOC 17-3013.00Mechanical Drafters1400$33Prepare detailed working diagrams of machinery and mechanical devices, including dimensions, fastening methods, and other engineering information.
Electrical / ElectronicSOC 49-2093.00Electrical and Electronics Installers and Repairers, Transportation Equipment400$33Install, adjust, or maintain mobile electronics communication equipment, including sound, sonar, security, navigation, and surveillance systems on trains, watercraft, or other mobile equipment. Excludes “Avionics Technicians" (49-2091) and "Electronic Equipment Installers and Repairers, Motor Vehicles" (49-2096).
Electrical / ElectronicSOC 49-2094.00Electrical and Electronics Repairers, Commercial and Industrial Equipment1700$28Repair, test, adjust, or install electronic equipment, such as industrial controls, transmitters, and antennas. Excludes “Avionics Technicians" (49-2091), "Electronic Equipment Installers and Repairers, Motor Vehicles" (49-2096), and "Electrical and Electronics Installers and Repairers, Transportation Equipment" (49-2093).
Electrical / ElectronicSOC 49-2095.00Electrical and Electronics Repairers, Powerhouse, Substation, and Relay400$48Inspect, test, repair, or maintain electrical equipment in generating stations, substations, and in-service relays.
Industrial MaintenanceSOC 49-9098.00Helpers--Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Workers3000$17Help installation, maintenance, and repair workers in maintenance, parts replacement, and repair of vehicles, industrial machinery, and electrical and electronic equipment. Perform duties such as furnishing tools, materials, and supplies to other workers; cleaning work area, machines, and tools; and holding materials or tools for other workers.
Industrial MaintenanceSOC 49-9041.00Industrial Machinery Mechanics5500$32Repair, install, adjust, or maintain industrial production and processing machinery or refinery and pipeline distribution systems. Excludes “Millwrights" (49-9044), "Mobile Heavy Equipment Mechanics, Except Engines" (49-3042), and "Maintenance Workers, Machinery" (49-9043).
Industrial MaintenanceSOC 49-9099.00Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Workers, All Other5850$23All, installation, maintenance, and repair workers not listed separately.
Industrial MaintenanceSOC 49-9071.00Maintenance and Repair Workers, General37850$23Perform work involving the skills of two or more maintenance or craft occupations to keep machines, mechanical equipment, or the structure of an establishment in repair. Duties may involve pipe fitting; boiler making; insulating; welding; machining; carpentry; repairing electrical or mechanical equipment; installing, aligning, and balancing new equipment; and repairing buildings, floors, or stairs. Excludes “Maintenance Workers, Machinery" (49-9043).
Industrial MaintenanceSOC 49-9043.00Maintenance Workers, Machinery1400$29Lubricate machinery, change parts, or perform other routine machinery maintenance. Excludes “Maintenance and Repair Workers, General" (49-9071).
Industrial MaintenanceSOC 49-9044.00Millwrights1200$37Install, dismantle, or move machinery and heavy equipment according to layout plans, blueprints, or other drawings.
Industrial MaintenanceSOC 49-9069.00Precision Instrument and Equipment Repairers, All Other500$30All precision instrument and equipment repairers not listed separately.
Industrial MaintenanceSOC 49-9096.00Riggers500$16Set up or repair rigging for construction projects, manufacturing plants, logging yards, ships and shipyards, or for the entertainment industry.
MachinistsSOC 51-4012.00Computer Numerically Controlled Machine Tool Programmers, Metal and Plastic800$35Develop programs to control machining or processing of metal or plastic parts by automatic machine tools, equipment, or systems.
MachinistsSOC 51-4011.00Computer-Controlled Machine Tool Operators, Metal and Plastic2200$20Operate computer-controlled machines or robots to perform one or more machine functions on metal or plastic work pieces.
MachinistsSOC 51-4031.00Cutting, Punching, and Press Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic2200$18Set up, operate, or tend machines to saw, cut, shear, slit, punch, crimp, notch, bend, or straighten metal or plastic material.
MachinistsSOC 51-4021.00Extruding and Drawing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic700$17Set up, operate, or tend machines to extrude or draw thermoplastic or metal materials into tubes, rods, hoses, wire, bars, or structural shapes.
MachinistsSOC 51-4022.00Forging Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic250$22Set up, operate, or tend forging machines to taper, shape, or form metal or plastic parts.
MachinistsSOC 51-4033.00Grinding, Lapping, Polishing, and Buffing Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic1900$18Set up, operate, or tend grinding and related tools that remove excess material or burrs from surfaces, sharpen edges or corners, or buff, hone, or polish metal or plastic work pieces.
MachinistsSOC 51-4034.00Lathe and Turning Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic550$18Set up, operate, or tend lathe and turning machines to turn, bore, thread, form, or face metal or plastic materials, such as wire, rod, or bar stock.
MachinistsSOC 51-4041.00Machinists8050$26Set up and operate a variety of machine tools to produce precision parts and instruments. Includes precision instrument makers who fabricate, modify, or repair mechanical instruments. May also fabricate and modify parts to make or repair machine tools or maintain industrial machines, applying knowledge of mechanics, mathematics, metal properties, layout, and machining procedures.
MachinistsSOC 51-4199.00Metal Workers and Plastic Workers, All Other600$21All metal workers and plastic workers not listed separately.
MachinistsSOC 51-4035.00Milling and Planing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic300$22Set up, operate, or tend milling or planing machines to mill, plane, shape, groove, or profile metal or plastic work pieces.
MachinistsSOC 51-4061.00Model Makers, Metal and Plastic200$27Set up and operate machines, such as lathes, milling and engraving machines, and jig borers to make working models of metal or plastic objects. Includes template makers.
MachinistsSOC 51-4081.00Multiple Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic1000$17Set up, operate, or tend more than one type of cutting or forming machine tool or robot.
MachinistsSOC 51-4023.00Rolling Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic250$21Set up, operate, or tend machines to roll steel or plastic forming bends, beads, knurls, rolls, or plate or to flatten, temper, or reduce gauge of material.
MachinistsSOC 51-4111.00Tool and Die Makers550$28Analyze specifications, lay out metal stock, set up and operate machine tools, and fit and assemble parts to make and repair dies, cutting tools, jigs, fixtures, gauges, and machinists' hand tools.
MachinistsSOC 51-4194.00Tool Grinders, Filers, and Sharpeners250$18Perform precision smoothing, sharpening, polishing, or grinding of metal objects.
OperatorsSOC 51-9011.00Chemical Equipment Operators and Tenders750$30Operate or tend equipment to control chemical changes or reactions in the processing of industrial or consumer products. Equipment used includes devulcanizers, steam-jacketed kettles, and reactor vessels. Excludes “Chemical Plant and System Operators" (51-8091).
OperatorsSOC 51-9032.00Cutting and Slicing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders950$18Set up, operate, or tend machines that cut or slice materials, such as glass, stone, cork, rubber, tobacco, food, paper, or insulating material. Excludes “Woodworking Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders" (51-7040), "Cutting, Punching, and Press Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic" (51-4031), and "Textile Cutting Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders" (51-6062).
OperatorsSOC 51-9041.00Extruding, Forming, Pressing, and Compacting Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders1050$19Set up, operate, or tend machines, such as glass forming machines, plodder machines, and tuber machines, to shape and form products, such as glassware, food, rubber, soap, brick, tile, clay, wax, tobacco, or cosmetics. Excludes “Paper Goods Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders" (51-9196) and "Shoe Machine Operators and Tenders" (51-6042).
OperatorsSOC 51-3091.00Food and Tobacco Roasting, Baking, and Drying Machine Operators and Tenders200$16Operate or tend food or tobacco roasting, baking, or drying equipment, including hearth ovens, kiln driers, roasters, char kilns, and vacuum drying equipment.
OperatorsSOC 51-9023.00Mixing and Blending Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders3750$22Set up, operate, or tend machines to mix or blend materials, such as chemicals, tobacco, liquids, color pigments, or explosive ingredients. Excludes “Food Batchmakers" (51-3092).
OperatorsSOC 51-4072.00Molding, Coremaking, and Casting Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic1350$16Set up, operate, or tend metal or plastic molding, casting, or coremaking machines to mold or cast metal or thermoplastic parts or products.
OperatorsSOC 51-8099.00Plant and System Operators, All Other250$38All plant and system operators not listed separately.
OperatorsSOC 51-4193.00Plating and Coating Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic1300$18Set up, operate, or tend plating or coating machines to coat metal or plastic products with chromium, zinc, copper, cadmium, nickel, or other metal to protect or decorate surfaces. Includes electrolytic processes.
OperatorsSOC 51-5111.00Prepress Technicians and Workers400$22Format and proof text and images submitted by designers and clients into finished pages that can be printed. Includes digital and photo typesetting. May produce printing plates.
OperatorsSOC 51-9141.00Semiconductor Processors1900$22Perform any or all of the following functions in the manufacture of electronic semiconductors: load semiconductor material into furnace; saw formed ingots into segments; load individual segment into crystal growing chamber and monitor controls; locate crystal axis in ingot using x-ray equipment and saw ingots into wafers; and clean, polish, and load wafers into series of special purpose furnaces, chemical baths, and equipment used to form circuitry and change conductive properties.
OperatorsSOC 51-9012.00Separating, Filtering, Clarifying, Precipitating, and Still Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders4250$24Set up, operate, or tend continuous flow or vat-type equipment; filter presses; shaker screens; centrifuges; condenser tubes; precipitating, fermenting, or evaporating tanks; scrubbing towers; or batch stills. These machines extract, sort, or separate liquids, gases, or solids from other materials to recover a refined product. Includes dairy processing equipment operators. Excludes “Chemical Equipment Operators and Tenders" (51-9011).
OperatorsSOC 51-7042.00Woodworking Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Except Sawing600$16Set up, operate, or tend woodworking machines, such as drill presses, lathes, shapers, routers, sanders, planers, and wood nailing machines. May operate CNC equipment.
SupervisorsSOC 51-1011.00First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers12300$33Directly supervise and coordinate the activities of production and operating workers, such as inspectors, precision workers, machine setters and operators, assemblers, fabricators, and plant and system operators. Excludes team or work leaders.
TechniciansSOC 17-3021.00Aerospace Engineering and Operations Technicians700$30Operate, install, calibrate, and maintain integrated computer/communications systems, consoles, simulators, and other data acquisition, test, and measurement instruments and equipment, which are used to launch, track, position, and evaluate air and space vehicles. May record and interpret test data.
TechniciansSOC 17-3023.00Electrical and Electronics Engineering Technicians9300$31Apply electrical and electronic theory and related knowledge, usually under the direction of engineering staff, to design, build, repair, calibrate, and modify electrical components, circuitry, controls, and machinery for subsequent evaluation and use by engineering staff in making engineering design decisions. Excludes “Broadcast Technicians" (27-4012).
TechniciansSOC 17-3024.00Electro-Mechanical Technicians850$29Operate, test, maintain, or calibrate unmanned, automated, servo-mechanical, or electromechanical equipment. May operate unmanned submarines, aircraft, or other equipment at worksites, such as oil rigs, deep ocean exploration, or hazardous waste removal. May assist engineers in testing and designing robotics equipment.
TechniciansSOC 17-3029.00Engineering Technicians, Except Drafters, All Other3200$33All engineering technicians, except drafters, not listed separately.
TechniciansSOC 17-3025.00Environmental Engineering Technicians900$28Apply theory and principles of environmental engineering to modify, test, and operate equipment and devices used in the prevention, control, and remediation of environmental problems, including waste treatment and site remediation, under the direction of engineering staff or scientist. May assist in the development of environmental remediation devices.
TechniciansSOC 17-3026.00Industrial Engineering Technicians1200$28Apply engineering theory and principles to problems of industrial layout or manufacturing production, usually under the direction of engineering staff. May perform time and motion studies on worker operations in a variety of industries for purposes such as establishing standard production rates or improving efficiency.
TechniciansSOC 51-9061.00Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers13500$22Inspect, test, sort, sample, or weigh nonagricultural raw materials or processed, machined, fabricated, or assembled parts or products for defects, wear, and deviations from specifications. May use precision measuring instruments and complex test equipment.
TechniciansSOC 17-3027.00Mechanical Engineering Technicians1100$28Apply theory and principles of mechanical engineering to modify, develop, test, or calibrate machinery and equipment under direction of engineering staff or physical scientists.
TechniciansSOC 29-9012.00Occupational Health and Safety Technicians350$30Collect data on work environments for analysis by occupational health and safety specialists. Implement and conduct evaluation of programs designed to limit chemical, physical, biological, and ergonomic risks to workers.
WeldersSOC 51-4191.00Heat Treating Equipment Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic200$26Set up, operate, or tend heating equipment, such as heat-treating furnaces, flame-hardening machines, induction machines, soaking pits, or vacuum equipment to temper, harden, anneal, or heat-treat metal or plastic objects.
WeldersSOC 51-4192.00Layout Workers, Metal and Plastic250$19Lay out reference points and dimensions on metal or plastic stock or workpieces, such as sheets, plates, tubes, structural shapes, castings, or machine parts, for further processing. Includes shipfitters.
WeldersSOC 51-4121.00Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers5700$24Use hand-welding, flame-cutting, hand soldering, or brazing equipment to weld or join metal components or to fill holes, indentations, or seams of fabricated metal products.
WeldersSOC 51-4122.00Welding, Soldering, and Brazing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders600$22Set up, operate, or tend welding, soldering, or brazing machines or robots that weld, braze, solder, or heat treat metal products, components, or assemblies. Includes workers who operate laser cutters or laser-beam machines.
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