Profession extrusion machine operator

Extrusion machine operators set up, monitor and maintain machines which heat or melt raw materials, and pull or push the heated material through a shaped die to form it into a continuous profile with a preset cross section such as tubes, pipes and sheeting. They may also clean and maintain the equipment.

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Personality Type

  • Realistic / Conventional
  • Realistic / Investigative


  • Extrusion processes

    The various processes used for extrusion, the creation of objects of a cross-sectional nature, in metalworking, such as direct extrusion, indirect extrusion, hydrostatic extrusion, hot extrusion, warm extrusion, cold extrusion, and others.


  • Replace die

    Evaluate if a replacement of the die of a machine is deemed beneficial and take the necessary actions for replacing it either manually (depending on its size, by the use of a manual lifting tackle) or mechanically.

Optional knowledge and skills

monitor conveyor belt statistical process control use cam software manufacturing of steam generators provide advice to technicians types of metal manufacturing processes manufacturing of weapons and ammunition monitor gauge manufacturing of light metal packaging check quality of raw materials work ergonomically perform product testing types of metal manufacturing of door furniture from metal read standard blueprints manufacturing of tools interpret geometric dimensions and tolerances tend cold extrusion machine monitor stock level perform machine maintenance mark processed workpiece program a cnc controller manufacturing of metal assembly products wear appropriate protective gear manufacturing of metal household articles quality and cycle time optimisation record production data for quality control types of plastic ferrous metal processing operate lifting equipment manufacturing of cutlery tend hot extrusion machine metal forming technologies