Career Fact Sheets

Machine Operator

A machine operator operates complicated looking equipment in front of 4 display monitors.

A machine operator with Tolko Industries, a PLT Canada Green Jobs employer. Photo: Tolko Industries.

Machine operators often specialize in working with mechanical or computer-operated equipment. They set up machines to start production, adjust settings, and feed in materials. Machine operators need to be detail-oriented and have good problem-solving skills. They are responsible for ensuring equipment is working properly.

Similar positions to a machine operator

  • Machinist
  • Millwright
  • Production Worker
  • Assembler
  • Construction Worker

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A machine operator is good at using tools and following safety rules. Because most of their work happens in factories, they wear safety equipment like hard hats, safety boots, and ear protection.

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Machine operator salary

Salaries vary depending on location and years of experience, from $40,000 to $50,000.

Machine operator education*

A high school education can sometimes be enough. However, many employers prefer individuals with college training.


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