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Electrical Discharge Machine Setup Operator Salary
in Chicago, Illinois

$36,709 (USD)

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Last updated: May 24, 2019

Salary Recap

The average pay for an Electrical Discharge Machine Setup Operator is $36,709 a year and $18 an hour in Chicago, Illinois, United States. The average salary range for an Electrical Discharge Machine Setup Operator is between $28,009 and $43,843. This compensation analysis is based on salary survey data collected directly from employers and anonymous employees in Chicago, Illinois.

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Job Summary

  • Sets up and operates one or more electrical-discharge machines to shape metal workpieces to specifications, following standard charts and manuals, and applying knowledge of electrical-discharge machining processes and methods, electric currents and circuitry, metal properties, and shop mathematics: examines blueprint of product and plans operations.
  • Positions and secures workpiece on machine table with clamps, vise, or fixture.
  • Positions and secures electrode in holder on surface plate, verifying concentricity, alignment, and depth, using measuring instruments, such as calipers and dial indicators.
  • Mounts electrode and holder on machine spindle, using vernier dials on machine to verify alignment of electrode and workpiece.
  • Positions gauge blocks, dial indicator, and spindle stop on machine so that descending electrode will stop at specified depth when indicator feeler point touches gauge blocks.
  • Turns valve to adjust flow of dielectric coolant over electrode and workpiece or to immerse them in circulating bath.
  • Turns controls to adjust machine setting, such as voltage, current, frequency, and electrode feed rate, according to information on charts or knowledge of electrical discharge machining procedures.
  • Starts machine and observes beginning of operation.
  • May move controls to rotate electrode or workpiece.
  • May inspect completed workpiece visually and with templates and other measuring instruments.
  • May compute settings from specifications and knowledge of machine capacities.
  • May give tool maker specifications, such as allowances between blue.
Electrical Discharge Machine Setup Operator Job Prevalence in Chicago, Illinois, United States

Job family: Metal Workers and Plastic Workers, All Other

Job family population: 22,470

Estimated population of Electrical Discharge Machine Setup Operator jobs: 335

Rate of error: 4.9%

Salary Potential

Estimated salary in 2024:
5 Year Change:
16 %


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Description: Chicago ( (listen), locally also ), officially the City of Chicago, is the most populous city in Illinois, as well as the third most populous city in the United States. With an estimated population of 2,716,450 (2017), it is the most populous city in the Midwest. Chicago is the principal city of the Chicago metropolitan area, often referred to as Chicagoland, and the county seat of Cook County, the second most populous county in the United States. The metropolitan area, at nearly 10 million people, is the third-largest in the United States. Located on the shores of freshwater Lake Michigan, Chicago was incorporated...

Electrical Discharge Machine Setup Operator Job Listings for Chicago, Illinois

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Apr 27
Chicago, IL, USA
Johnson Bros. Roll Forming Co.
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Entry Level Machine Operator
May 20
Roselle, IL, USA
We are currently seeking a Machine Operator to join our Roselle team! We offer FANTASTIC benefits ... You will perform setup and operate a variety of equipment to cold head , point and thread-roll ...
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