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How to Become a

Injection Mold Operator

Also Known as:
Bed Laborer, Caster, Fabricator, Injection Molding Machine Operator, Machine Operator, Mold Mechanic, Molder, Molding Line Assistant, Molding Line Operator, Press Operator

What is a

Injection Mold Operator

Injection Molding Operator sets up and operates injection-molding machines to cast products from thermoplastic materials: Installs dies on machine, according to work order specifications, using clamps, bolts, and handtools. They Sets machine controls, regulating molding temperature, volume of plastic, molding pressure and time, according to knowledge of plastics and molding procedures. They are held responsible for assessing and ensuring molded parts/products quality and reliability. Depending on the intensity of work, Injection Molding Operator may need to work in shifts to ensure timely outcome.
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Why Become

Injection Mold Operator

U.S. Employment Demand Metrics
2018:
46,800
2028:
47,700
Percent Change:
2%
Projected Annual Job Openings:
5,300

Skills Needed

General Skills:
Operation Monitoring Active Listening Monitoring Operation and Control Reading Comprehension
Technical Skills:
Analytical or scientific software Computer aided manufacturing CAM software Office suite software Spreadsheet software Word processing software

What Will You Do as a

Injection Mold Operator

Place materials into molds. Read work orders or other instructions to determine product specifications or materials requirements. Engrave designs, text, or other markings onto materials, workpieces, or products. Apply parting agents or other solutions to molds. Clean workpieces or finished products. Apply lubricants or coolants to workpieces. Build production molds. Remove workpieces from molds. Adjust temperature controls of ovens or other heating equipment.
U.S. Employment Demand Metrics
2018:
46,800
professionals
2028:
47,700
professionals
Percent Change:
2%
Projected Annual Job Openings:
5,300

How Much Can You Earn?

Average Yearly Salary
$42,030
Salary graph visually displaying average yearly salary.
$30,400
$42,030
$53,920

What Education Do You need?

People starting in this career usually have
Less than High School Diploma
24
%
High School Diploma or Equivalent
35
%
Some College, but No Degree
22
%
Associate's Degree
6
%
Bachelor's Degree
10
%
Masters Degree
2
%
Doctorate or Professional Degree
1
%

Common Past Positions

Construction Manager Machine Operator Supply Chain Manager

Common Next Positions

General Managers Sales Manager Plant Manager Production Engineer
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