Plastic Extrusion Set-up and Operator


Set up, maintain, and operate plastic extrusion machine to consistently produce high-quality plastic parts.


  • Select machine dies
  • Determine setup procedures
  • Draw or press metal into shapes and diameters
  • Reel extruded products into rolls
  • Specify lengths and weights of rolls
  • Replace worn dies
  • Set controls to regulate vacuum, air pressure, sizing rings, and temperature
  • Synchronize speed of extrusion
  • Read and interpret blueprints and drawings
  • Locate defects on extruded products
  • Check for conformance to specifications
  • Adjust controls as necessary
  • Splice cables
  • Install, connect, test, and adjust equipment
  • String lines or install terminal boxes
  • Clean tools
  • Position insulation over conductors
  • Seal splices with moisture-proof covering
  • Access areas by climbing poles and ladders
  • Remove excess, entangled, or completed filaments from machines
  • Operate machines that extrude filaments from synthetic materials such as rayon, fiberglass, or liquid polymers
  • Start metering pumps
  • Activate and adjust extruding machines


  • Must be able to train on second shift before working on first shift


Kalamazoo, MI