Machine Operator

A machine operator is responsible for ensuring machines produce high quality products, run smoothly, and are properly maintained.  Machine operators configure, operate, and maintain machinery  according to blueprints while being precise and using effective communication.  

Idaho DOL Outlook

21% increase in the next 10 years with 61 annual openings in the state

Soft Skills

  • Analytical skills
  • Problem Solving
  • Dedication to following safety
  • Communication skills

Technical Skills

  • Ability to read blueprints, schematics, and manuals
  • Knowledge of production procedures
  • Handle heavy equipment in physically demanding environment


This apprenticeship is approximately 1 year long with on-the-job learning attainment of 20000 hours supplemented by 144 hours of instruction.