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Machine Operator

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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?

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1. Packer/Packager
2. Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand
3. Team Assembler
4. Helper
5. Shipping/Receiving Clerk
6. Maintenance Helper
7. Janitor/Cleaner
8. Order/Stock Clerk
9. Dispatcher
10. Inspector/Tester
11. Forklift Operator
12. First-Line Supervisor
13. Production, Planning, and Expediting Clerk
14. Machine Operator
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16. Light Truck Driver (CDL B)
17. Heavy/Tractor Trailer Driver (CDL A)
18. Maintenance Mechanic
19. Bus/Truck Mechanic
20. Industrial Engineer
21. General Operations Manager
22. Buyer/Purchasing Agent
23. Transportation/Logistics Manager
24. Supply Systems Analyst
25. Cargo Freight Agent
26. Maintenance Manager
27. Transportation/Logistics Supervisor
28. Warehouse Inventory Manager
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