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Extruding Machine Operator Job Description

Summary

Responsible for operating and maintaining machines that extrude or draw out thermoplastic or metal materials into hoses, bars, tubes, rods, wires, or structures.

Primary responsibilities

  • Select machine dies.
  • Determine setup procedures.
  • Draw or press metal into shapes and diameters.
  • Reel extruded products into rolls.
  • Specify lengths and weights of rolls.
  • Replace worn dies.
  • Set controls to regulate vacuum, air pressure, sizing rings, and temperature.
  • Synchronize speed of extrusion.
  • Read and interpret blueprints and drawings.
  • Locate defects on extruded products.
  • Check for conformance to specifications.
  • Adjust controls as necessary.
  • Splice cables.
  • Install, connect, test, and adjust equipment.
  • String lines or install terminal boxes.
  • Clean tools.
  • Position insulation over conductors.
  • Seal splices with moisture-proof covering.
  • Access areas by climbing pols and ladders.
  • Remove excess, entangled, or completed filaments from machines.
  • Operate machines that extrude filaments from synthetic materials such as rayon, fiberglass, or liquid polymers.
  • Start metering pumps.
  • Activate and adjust extruding machines.

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