Machine operators typically work indoors in manufacturing and production plants, warehouses, distribution plants, or workshops. Usually, machine operators work with mechanically-based equipment, but may sometimes work with computer-controlled machines. These environments can be dangerous due to the heavy machinery involved. Machine operators are often exposed to loud, noisy machines and heavy objects and generally wear protective clothing or other safety gear to minimize risks.
Some machine operators need training in order to operate certain machinery such as cranes and excavators. The hours you work as a machine operator can vary, but often include overtime, night shifts, and weekend shifts.
Typical Industries for Machine Operators:
- Fortune 500