What knowledge and skills are needed by Cutting, Punching, and Press Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic?

Based on survey data, the skills and knowledge necessary for Cutting, Punching, and Press Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic include the following:

  • Operation Monitoring, 70% important. Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
  • Operation And Control, 68% important. Controlling operations of equipment or systems.
  • Quality Control Analysis, 65% important. Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.
  • Monitoring, 65% important. Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
  • Critical Thinking, 60% important. Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Active Listening, 60% important. Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Troubleshooting, 60% important. Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.
  • Speaking, 60% important. Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Judgment And Decision Making, 58% important. Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
  • Reading Comprehension, 58% important. Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Equipment Maintenance, 55% important. Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed.
  • Coordination, 55% important. Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
  • Time Management, 55% important. Managing one's own time and the time of others.
  • Writing, 52% important. Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
  • Complex Problem Solving, 52% important. Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
  • Active Learning, 52% important. Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
  • Repairing, 50% important. Repairing machines or systems using the needed tools.
  • Social Perceptiveness, 50% important. Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
  • Mathematics, 48% important. Using mathematics to solve problems.
  • Instructing, 45% important. Teaching others how to do something.
  • Learning Strategies, 40% important. Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.
  • Systems Evaluation, 40% important. Identifying measures or indicators of system performance and the actions needed to improve or correct performance, relative to the goals of the system.
  • Equipment Selection, 40% important. Determining the kind of tools and equipment needed to do a job.
  • Management Of Personnel Resources, 40% important. Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job.
  • Systems Analysis, 40% important. Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.
  • Persuasion, 40% important. Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.
  • Service Orientation, 38% important. Actively looking for ways to help people.
  • Negotiation, 38% important. Bringing others together and trying to reconcile differences.
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