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Finishing-Area Operator

Control machines from control panel to produce pellets from plastic flakes.

What does a Finishing-Area Operator do?

Controls semiautomatic or automatic machines and equipment, such as blenders, mixers, extruders, pelletizers, pumps, blowers, and conveyors, from control panel to produce pellets from plastic flakes: Moves controls on panel to start and stop equipment, to set timing devices for operating cycles, and to direct flow of materials on conveyor. Observes thermometers, gauges, and meters to verify process conditions. Records readings in logs. Turns valves to regulate temperature, pressures, and rate of flow of materials. Inspects equipment for mechanical defects. Gives directions to workers in blending, mixing, and extruding pelletizing materials, and in repairing machines and equipment.