What does a Production Operator do?

Machine operators set-up, operate, and maintain machinery, usually in a manufacturing setting. They are responsible for ensuring the machine produces high quality products, runs smoothly and at capacity, and is properly maintained.

Education and training requirements depend on the type of machinery. Most machine operator positions require a high school degree. Machine operators typically have strong attention to detail, strong mathematical skills, and are excellent teamworkers.

  • Set up machinery for operation
  • Start machinery and make adjustments to machinery when necessary to improve performance
  • Operate machinery and equipment according to instructions
  • Troubleshoot issues and perform maintenance
  • Perform quality control, follow reporting and recordkeeping procedures, and report problems to supervisor
  • Comply with all safety and health regulations
  • Clean machinery and maintain cleanliness in work area
  • High School Diploma or GED
  • Previous machine operating experience in a manufacturing facility, or similar relevant experience
  • Must be detail-oriented
  • Understanding of production and plant processes
  • Analytical and numerical skills: ability to perform mathematical calculations (add, subtract, multiply, divide) in different units of measurement
  • Ability to follow written and oral instructions
  • Ability to work in a team
  • Ability to lift heavy equipment, to bend, and to stand or walk for long periods of time
  • Willingness to work in shifts (late or early hours, weekends, and overtime if necessary)
EducationGED / High School Degree
Work/Life Balance
2.9 ★
Salary Range--
Career Opportunity
2.9 ★
Avg. Experience8+ years

Production Operator Salaries

Average Base Pay

$44,190 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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$30K
Median: $44K
$65K
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Production Operator Career Path

Learn how to become a Production Operator, what skills and education you need to succeed, and what level of pay to expect at each step on your career path.

L2
Machine Operator
$42,524/yr
L3
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Production Operator Insights

Read what Production Operator professionals have to say about their job experiences and view top companies for this career.
HP HoodHP Hood
Machine Operator
Jun. 24, 2021

“They pay every Friday is the best part about the job and pay pretty good.”

Isolator Fitness
Production Staff
Mar. 4, 2020

“I left to go make more money and insurance but it was a good place to launch my career.”

VPX SportsVPX Sports
Machine Operator
Apr. 15, 2020

“So if you like not doing anything and getting paid for it then this is a good spot for you.”

Carbery Food Ingredients
Production Operator
Oct. 16, 2021

“Pay isn't as good as equivalent sites and overtime needs to be worked to make any decent money.”

Raven IndustriesRaven Industries
Machine Operator
Sep. 7, 2021

“pay is average but did adapt to surround businesses in same field and raised wages.”

High Steel StructuresHigh Steel Structures
Machine Operator
Feb. 22, 2021

“I was promised training and internal promotion and have received neither after years of working here.”

Johns ManvilleJohns Manville
Packaging Operator
Dec. 21, 2020

“Good place to work if you want to make good money and don't mind doing 12 hour rotating shifts.”

ChipotleChipotle
Line Worker
Mar. 4, 2021

“bullied employees to the point that customers would leave negative reviews; worker wasn't able to attend a friends funeral”

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