5 Machine Operator Skills That Will Get You Hired

November 10, 2017

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To get hired as a machine operator, an employer needs to feel confident in your skills. Do you have what it takes? We can help you get there. Here are five crucial skills you’ll need to get hired as a machine operator.

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1. Analytical Skills

To an outsider, operating machinery may seem simple, but it takes thought and proper analytical skills to do the job right.

As a machine operator, you’ll be expected to be able to read blueprints, schematics, and manuals, as well as possess the ability to work with many types of machinery. You’ll need to be able to think on your feet and analyze problems without handholding from your superiors, making analytical skills a crucial element to success for this job.

2. Communication and Teamwork

There are very few instances where you’ll be expected to work entirely alone as a machine operator. In fact, you’ll likely be working as part of a large team in a warehouse or on a construction site—so it’s important to be able to communicate effectively with your coworkers.

Operating a machine can be dangerous. A machine operator needs to be able to work in areas that are occupied by people and must be able to pay attention to their surroundings. A great machine operator will always check in with their team to ensure everyone is where they’re supposed to be before running the machine.

To ensure safety, communication skills are a must for this job.

3. Dedication to Safety

While not necessarily a learned skill, a dedication to safety is one of the most important elements to becoming a successful machine operator. To get hired in this job, you need to adhere to strict health and safety regulations and wear all appropriate safety gear.

This also means becoming familiar with how each machine operates and how it can be stopped in an emergency.

4. Organization Skills

Being organized is a desirable skill no matter which industry you’re interested in—but it can be a significant asset to a machine operator. You’ll need to follow a strict schedule and follow all procedures by the book.

Being able to keep your workspace clean is also an asset to employers—even if you’re working on construction sites or outdoors. You are an important part of a large-scale project, and showing your willingness to stay organized and disciplined can go a long way in getting you hired.

5. Patience and Working Well under Pressure

Machine operators know how important it is to get every step of the job done right. If even one aspect of the role is performed incorrectly, it could mean a costly or even dangerous mistake.

Patience is crucial in these scenarios; it ensures you’re willing to calmly and persistently go through every step with diligence. A machine operator must ensure everything is secured and operating in peak condition before moving ahead.

If they ever do run into problems, machine operators must also be able to work well under pressure. Staying collected even when things are going wrong is a crucial skill to have to succeed in this role.


Kirsten Quarman

Kirsten Quarman

Kirsten has 25 years of global recruitment experience, working for global and national staffing companies. As Vice President, Western Canada for Talentcor, Kirsten oversees our Victoria, Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, and Winnipeg branches. Some of her specialties include administrative, light industrial, skilled trades, sales & marketing, customer service, supply chain, accounting, human resources, insurance, and legal. Outside of work, Kirsten enjoys mastering new skills and achieving goals she sets for herself each year, like learning new sports and exercising.

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