A machine setter is responsible for the initial deployment of machinery, as well as some of its maintenance during its operation. The job of a machine setter typically involves assembling the machine (where that’s applicable), then adjusting its properties to the requirements of the company that would be utilizing the machine. Afterwards, the setter needs to perform a variety of tests to ensure the machine is working properly, after which it can be deployed and begin operating and serving its purpose. In case of a breakdown, the machine setter could be required to perform the appropriate fixes.
Machine setters typically need to be better-qualified than a mechanic or machine tender, though they still don’t need any higher degree of education than a high school diploma. Most of the skills required for performing the job are learned in the process, and some companies offer additional training courses before hiring candidates, aimed at covering the most important aspects of the job and preparing candidates to get into it more quickly.
Machine setters earn more ot less the same as machine tenders, with the annual salary varying between $21,000 – $36,000. The job can feature severe health hazards in some cases, and it’s usually compensated for them accordingly – though in some cases it isn’t, and candidates need to be especially wary of companies that don’t offer extra bonuses for working in dangerous conditions or with dangerous machinery.