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Details for Cutting and Slicing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders


Description

Set up, operate, or tend machines that cut or slice materials, such as glass, stone, cork, rubber, tobacco, food, paper, or insulating material.

Tasks

  • Change or replace saw blades, cables, cutter heads, and grinding wheels, using hand tools.
  • Feed stock into cutting machines, onto conveyors, or under cutting blades, by threading, guiding, pushing, or turning handwheels.
  • Position width gauge blocks between blades, and level blades and insert wedges into frames to secure blades to frames.
  • Remove defective or substandard materials from machines, and readjust machine components so that products meet standards.
  • Start machines to verify setups, and make any necessary adjustments.
  • Adjust timing mechanisms to synchronize breaker bars to snap glass at scores.
  • Maintain production records, such as quantities, types, and dimensions of materials produced.
  • Build beds of timbers on cars, and align and level stone on beds, using crowbars, sledgehammers, wedges, blocks, rules, and spirit levels.
  • Wash stones, using water hoses.
  • Review work orders, blueprints, specifications, or job samples to determine components, settings, and adjustments for cutting and slicing machines.
  • Select and install machine components such as cutting blades, rollers, and templates, according to specifications, using hand tools.
  • Set up, operate, or tend machines that cut or slice materials, such as glass, stone, cork, rubber, tobacco, food, paper, or insulating material.
  • Start pumps to circulate water and abrasives onto blades or cables during cutting.
  • Tighten pulleys or add abrasives to maintain cutting speeds.
  • Type instructions on computer keyboards, push buttons to activate computer programs, or manually set cutting guides, clamps, and knives.
  • Clean and lubricate cutting machines, conveyors, blades, saws, or knives, using steam hoses, scrapers, brushes, or oil cans.
  • Cut stock manually to prepare for machine cutting, using tools such as knives, cleavers, handsaws, or hammers and chisels.
  • Direct workers on cutting teams.
  • Move stock or scrap to and from machines manually, or by using carts, handtrucks, or lift trucks.
  • Sharpen cutting blades, knives, or saws, using files, bench grinders, or honing stones.
  • Stack and sort cut material for packaging, further processing, or shipping, according to types and sizes of material.
  • Turn cranks or press buttons to activate winches that move cars under sawing cables or saw frames.
  • Operate cranes, or signal crane operators to position or remove stone from cars or saw beds.
  • Set up and operate one or more gangsaws or reciprocating saws to cut rough blocks of stone into specified dimensions for further processing.
  • Start vacuum-cupped cranes to lift and transfer glass.
  • Adjust machine controls to alter position, alignment, speed, or pressure.
  • Examine, measure, and weigh materials or products to verify conformance to specifications, using measuring devices such as rulers, micrometers, or scales.
  • Mark cutting lines or identifying information on stock, using marking pencils, rulers, or scribes.
  • Monitor operation of cutting or slicing machines to detect malfunctions or to determine whether supplies need replenishment.
  • Position stock along cutting lines, or against stops on beds of scoring or cutting machines.
  • Press buttons, pull levers, or depress pedals to start and operate cutting and slicing machines.
  • Remove completed materials or products from cutting or slicing machines, and stack or store them for additional processing.

Interests

  • Realistic - Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others.

Education, Training, Experience

  • Education - These occupations usually require a high school diploma.
  • Training - 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.
  • Experience - Some previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is usually needed. For example, a teller would benefit from experience working directly with the public.

Knowledge

  • 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.

Skills

  • 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.
  • Quality Control Analysis - Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.

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