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Machine Operator

What does a Machine Operator do?

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.

How do I become a Machine Operator?

HCC – This program prepares the students to be entry-level manual machine operators.  Learn to use conventional lathes and milling machines as well as grinders and other equipment commonly found in manufacturing facilities. Explore manufacturing theory and practical skills as well as blueprint reading.  The program lab includes many brands of machining equipment so you will become comfortable using a variety of controls and displays.

DTCC – The Machinist Training Level 1 Certificate Program provides students with the knowledge and skills to prepare them for positions such as: Entry level Machinist, Production Planner/ Scheduler, Manufacturing Technician.

Cecil County Public Schools students have the opportunity to obtain training that will qualify them for an entry level machine operator job. Beginning in Fall 2021, CCPS is offering a program for MANUAL MACHINING/CNC PROGRAMMING & OPERATIONS at its School of Technology. This program prepares students for a beginning career in manufacturing and machine technologies.  Students will be able to earn National Institute of Metalworking Skills (NIMS) Machining Level I Credentials in Manual Milling; Measurement, Materials, & Safety; Job Planning, Benchwork, & Layout; and CNC Lathe: Programming Set-up.  

What is the median salary of a Machine Operator?

  • $46,110

What can I do next?

Manufacturing Careers
1. Shipping & Receiving Clerk
2. Forklift Operator
3. Welder
4. Machine Operator
5. Machinist
6. Packer/Packager
7. Team Assembler
8. Production Helper
9. Maintenance Helper
10. Production, Planning, and Expediting Clerk
11. Tool and Die Maker
12. Applied Engineering Technician
13. CAD Technician
14. Maintenance Mechanic
15. Facility Manager
16. Industrial Machinery Maintenance
17. CAD Designer
18. QC Technician
19. CNC Programmer
20. CNC Operator
21. Shift Supervisor/Team Lead
22. Maintenance Manager
23. General Operations Manager
24. Manufacturing Engineer
25. Engineering Manager
26. Engineering Technologist
27. QC Inspector/Tester
28. Engineering Technician
29. QC Manager
30. Production Supervisor
31. Manufacturing Engineer
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