Metal Workers and Plastic Workers, All Other:

All metal workers and plastic workers not listed separately.

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About the Job

Indiana Average Salary $35,220.00
Average Time to Fill 41 days
Typical Education High school equivalency
Typical Experience
10 Year Projected Openings (2021-2031) 500
10 Year Expected Percentage Change (2021-2031) -0.79 %

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Essential (Soft) Skills

Essential Skills to Employers

Attention to Detail
Work Ethic
Information Gathering
Critical Thinking

Top Job Duties and Responsibilities

Handling and Moving Objects

Set-up computer numerical control machines
Set-up specialized rigging
Set-up production equipment or machinery
Solder metal parts, piping, or components
Braze metal parts or components
Spot/tack weld materials
Weld metal parts and components
Perform combination welding or cutting procedures
Apply flux to workpiece before soldering or brazing
Weld metal structures
Set-up welding equipment
Assemble machine tools, parts, or fixtures
Cast precision cast patterns, molds, or dies to form objects
Adjust metal or plastic processing equipment and machinery
Adjust electrical or electronic equipment
Adjust mechanical equipment
Adjust industrial, manufacturing, or production equipment
Cast metal objects
Shape metal or plastic
Sand metal or plastic objects
File metal or plastic objects
Grind metal objects
Fabricate manufactured products, parts, or components by hand
Construct molds for casting objects
Position workpiece prior to welding
Load/unload material, products, or workpieces into or from machinery or equipment
Preheat metal before welding, brazing, or soldering
Install attachments to machinery or related structures
Apply protective sealants or coatings
Cut metal or plastic material
Assemble/Disassemble manufactured metal or plastic products by hand
Process metals using power or hand tools

Controlling Machines and Processes

Perform machining operations
Operate spray application production equipment
Fabricate sheet metal parts or items
Operate variety of machine tools
Implement metal processing methodology
Operate industrial testing equipment
Operate vacuum or air hose
Operate pneumatic tools
Operate metal or plastic fabricating equipment
Operate sheet metal fabrication machines
Operate ore refining or foundry equipment
Cut metal objects using torch or other thermal instrument
Operate lathes in accordance with safety regulations
Operate crushing or grinding machine

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Booster Skills & Certifications

Job Seekers possessing booster skills & certifications, such as those listed below, added to core skills are more marketable, harder to find and expensive to hire.

Hard to Fill: Employers find positions requiring these skills to be hard to fill. These skills and certifications make a job seeker more in demand because the skills are not widely available.

Expensive to Fill: Employers find positions requiring these skills to be expensive to fill. Job seekers with these skills and certifications are likely to earn more money.

Skill or Certification Certi - fication Hard to Fill Expensive to Fill

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