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Occupational Report for Cutting, Punching, and Press Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and (51-4031) , Oregon Statewide
Occupational Description

Set up, operate, or tend machines to saw, cut, shear, slit, punch, crimp, notch, bend, or straighten metal or plastic material.

Employment Outlook for Cutting, Punching, and Press Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and
Statewide Employment Analysis Employment in this occupation in 2012 was somewhat larger than the statewide average for all occupations. The total number of job openings is projected to be at about the statewide average number of job openings for all occupations through 2022. This occupation is expected to grow at a much slower rate than the statewide average growth rate for all occupations through 2022.

Reasonable, but limited, employment opportunities exist largely due to the need to fill replacement openings.

Data Sources and Limitations
Current Employment Department Job Openings for Cutting, Punching, and Press Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and There are 16 current openings for this occupation. Openings 1 through 16 are listed below.
Job Title Date Posted Location Wage Offered
MS III Punch Press Operator (Flats Blanking) #10847 9/30/14 Portland DOE
MS III Punch Press Operator (Flats Blanking) 9/30/14 Portland
Press Operator 9/24/14 Eugene DOE
Press Brake Operator (Part Time) (ADVM) 9/24/14 Portland $17.00/hr to $21.00/hr DOE
Press Brake Operator 9/17/14 Canby DOE
Press Brake Operator 8/29/14 Milwaukie DOE
CNC Punch Operator 8/25/14 Milwaukie $14.00/hr to $18.00/hr DOE, Neg.
CNC Press Brake (ADVM) 8/11/14 Hillsboro $15.00/hr to $18.00/hr DOE
Press Brake Operator 7/31/14 Estacada $14.00/hr to $16.00/hr DOE
Steel Shop Labor 7/28/14 Medford $12.00/hr
CNC Press Brake Operator 7/22/14 Eugene $12.00/hr DOE
Machinist II - Press Brake (swing) 7/17/14 Clackamas
Machinist II - Press Brake (swing) 7/17/14 Milwaukie
Metal Fabrication 7/8/14 Sherwood $10.00/hr
Press Break Operator 7/2/14 Canby $14.00/hr to $16.80/hr DOE
Machinist II (Press Brake) - 14-042 7/2/14 Clackamas $14.84/hr to $20.03/hr
Job Openings from the Web for Cutting, Punching, and Press Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and The following job openings have been automatically extracted from various sites across the Web. These links are provided as supplemental resources. However, the Employment Department cannot validate these openings nor endorse any of these external sites. Some of these jobs may no longer be open. In some cases, a single opening may be posted on multiple sites.

There are 6 current openings for this occupation. Openings 1 through 6 are listed below.

Job Title Date Posted Location Employer
MS III Punch Press Operator (Flats Blanking) 9/26/14 Portland Blount International Inc.
Press Brake Operator (Part Time) (ADVM) 9/26/14 Portland
Press Brake Operators needed for Swing Shift! 9/19/14 Tualatin Manpower
Laser/Punch Programmer 8/15/14 Dallas
Machinist II - Press Brake (swing) 7/15/14 Milwaukie Warn Industries
Machinist II - Press Brake (swing) 7/15/14 Clackamas Warn Industries
State of Oregon License Information for Cutting, Punching, and Press Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and No statewide license is required for this occupation.
Wages for Cutting, Punching, and Press Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and
Region ---------------- 2014 Wages ----------------
Percentiles (hourly wages) Avg
Hourly
($/hr)
Avg
Annual
10th 25th 50th
(median)
75th 90th
Oregon Statewide $10.17 $12.11 $15.41 $18.83 $22.58 $16.07 $33,426
Multnomah / Washington 9.72 11.94 15.62 19.45 24.37 16.57 34,463
Marion / Polk / Yamhill 10.29 11.98 15.16 17.97 21.41 15.43 32,087
Benton / Lincoln / Linn 10.37 13.13 16.11 17.78 19.35 15.52 32,277
Lane 10.24 11.19 13.08 15.42 18.39 13.84 28,796
Jackson / Josephine 10.24 11.41 14.59 17.42 19.05 14.79 30,765
Crook / Deschutes / Jefferson 10.15 11.97 14.37 17.23 19.92 14.66 30,494
Clackamas 10.98 13.30 17.12 20.58 22.46 16.96 35,285
Data Sources and Limitations
Regional Employment Projections for Cutting, Punching, and Press Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and
Region Employment Change % Change Projected Annual Openings
2012 2022 Growth Replacement Total
Oregon Statewide 1,901 1,944 43 2.3% 4 16 20
Multnomah / Washington 871 893 22 2.5% 2 7 9
Clackamas 348 355 7 2.0% 1 3 4
Lane 180 189 9 5.0% 1 2 3
Marion / Polk / Yamhill 169 170 1 0.6% 0 1 1
Jackson / Josephine 114 115 1 0.9% 0 1 1
Benton / Lincoln / Linn 39 39 0 0.0% 0 0 0
Crook / Deschutes / Jefferson 32 34 2 6.2% 0 0 0
Baker / Union / Wallowa 18 19 1 5.6% 0 0 0
Coos / Curry 17 17 0 0.0% 0 0 0
Morrow / Umatilla 13 13 0 0.0% 0 0 0
Gilliam / Hood River / Sherman / Wheeler / Wasco 12 11 -1 -8.3% 0 0 0
Douglas 12 14 2 16.7% 0 0 0
Clatsop / Columbia / Tillamook 11 11 0 0.0% 0 0 0
Grant / Harney / Malheur 1 1 0 0.0% 0 0 0

These estimates do not include self-employment. Replacement openings are caused by existing workers permanently leaving their occupation. Many additional job openings occur due to job changes within occupations.
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Industries of Employment for Cutting, Punching, and Press Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and
Industry
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Ownership 2012
Employment
Total All Industries All 1,901
Total All Industries Private 1,901
Manufacturing Private 1,522
Wood Product Manufacturing Private 28
Other Wood Product Manufacturing Private 24
Plastics and Rubber Products Manufacturing Private 100
Plastics Product Manufacturing Private 100
Primary Metal Manufacturing Private 78
Foundries Private 33
Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing Private 795
Forging and Stamping Private 86
Cutlery and Handtool Manufacturing Private 176
Architectural and Structural Metals Manufacturing Private 130
Boiler, Tank, and Shipping Container Manufacturing Private 25
Machine Shops; Turned Product; and Screw, Nut, and Bolt Manufacturing Private 79
Coating, Engraving, Heat Treating, and Allied Activities Private 38
Other Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing Private 258
Machinery Manufacturing Private 128
Agriculture, Construction, and Mining Machinery Manufacturing Private 33
Ventilation, Heating, Air-Conditioning, and Commercial Refrigeration Equipment Manufacturing Private 35
Metalworking Machinery Manufacturing Private 15
Other General Purpose Machinery Manufacturing Private 27
Computer and Electronic Product Manufacturing Private 184
Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing Private 80
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing Private 102
Electrical Equipment, Appliance, and Component Manufacturing Private 34
Other Electrical Equipment and Component Manufacturing Private 29
Transportation Equipment Manufacturing Private 124
Motor Vehicle Parts Manufacturing Private 72
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing Private 26
Miscellaneous Manufacturing Private 36
Other Miscellaneous Manufacturing Private 29
Wholesale Trade Private 175
Merchant Wholesalers, Durable Goods Private 145
Metal and Mineral (except Petroleum) Merchant Wholesalers Private 120
Wholesale Electronic Markets and Agents and Brokers Private 24
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services Private 186
Administrative and Support Services Private 186
Employment Services Private 186
Educational Requirements for Cutting, Punching, and Press Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and The typical entry level education for this occupation is a high school diploma or equivalent. In addition, moderate-term on-the-job training is typically needed, once employed, to attain competency in the skills needed in this occupation.
Skills for Cutting, Punching, and Press Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and
  • Apply Independent Judgment In Assembly Procedures
  • Apply Metal Forming And Shaping Techniques And Processes
  • Apply Protective Coatings
  • Apply Quality Assurance Techniques
  • Apply Robotics Systems Technology
  • Apply Statistical Process Control (Spc)
  • Apply Technical Information To Manufacturing And Industrial Activities
  • File Metal And Plastic
  • Follow Safety Procedures
  • Hand Tap Metal, Wood Or Other Material
  • Inspect Components During Manufacturing
  • Maintain Computerized Machines And Equipment
  • Maintain Plastic Fabricating Equipment
  • Maneuver Heavy Objects
  • Operate Cnc Machines
  • Operate Cranes, Hoists, Or Mechanical Booms
  • Operate Machine Tools
  • Operate Precision Measuring Devices, Tools And Equipment
  • Operate Shaping And Forming Machines
  • Operate Specialized Metal Shaping Machines
  • Read And Understand Operating Manuals
  • Read Production Layouts
  • Read Schematics And Specifications
  • Recognize Characteristics Of Metals Or Alloys
  • Recognize Characteristics Of Plastics
  • Set Up Cnc Machines
  • Set Up Machine Tools
  • Set Up Specialized Machines For Metals Manufacturing
  • Set Up, Operate Or Tend Machines To Cut, Punch Or Press Metal Or Plastic
  • Sharpen Cutting Tools
  • Smooth, Sharpen, Polish Or Grind Metal Objects
  • Solve Machine Tool Problems
  • Sustain Output Levels Of Assembled Items
  • Understand Manufacturing Methods And Techniques
  • Use Algebra
  • Use Basic Mathematics
  • Use Geometry
  • Use Laser Cutter
  • Use Laser For Engraving Or Cutting
  • Use Metric System
Schools and Training Providers for Cutting, Punching, and Press Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and The training providers listed below offer programs related to this occupation. This information is updated once per year. Anyone interested in a particular program should check with the training institution regarding its availability. Listing these training providers does not necessarily constitute or imply their endorsement, recommendation, or favoring by the State of Oregon.

Linn-Benton Community College
6500 Pacific Blvd SW
Albany, OR 97321
Phone: (541) 917-4999
Programs of Training:
Mt Hood Community College
26000 SE Stark St
Gresham, OR 97030
Phone: (503) 491-6422
Programs of Training:
Apprenticeship Division
800 NE Oregon Street, Suite1045
Portland, OR 97232
Phone: (971) 673-0761
Programs of Training:
Clackamas Community College
19600 Molalla Ave
Oregon City, OR 97045-8980
Phone: (503) 657-6958 x2313
Programs of Training:
Portland Community College
12000 SW 49th Avenue
Portland, OR 97219-7132
Phone: (503) 244-6111
Programs of Training:
Northwest College of Construction
8111 NE Holman St.
Portland, OR 97218-4021
Phone: (503) 256-7300
Programs of Training:
Career Pathway Roadmaps for Cutting, Punching, and Press Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and These Oregon community colleges have defined career pathway roadmaps to facilitate entry into this occupation:

Treasure Valley Community College