CAREER

Forging Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic

Overview

Salary Median (2020)

$41,430

Projected Job Growth (2019-2029)

-21.1% (decline)

Most Common Level of Education

High school diploma or equivalent

Career

What Forging Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic Do

Set up, operate, or tend forging machines to taper, shape, or form metal or plastic parts.

Other Job Titles Forging Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic May Have

Blacksmith, Cold Header Operator, Forge Operator, Forge Press Operator, Forger, Hammer Operator, Header Set-Up Operator, Machine Operator, Process Technician, Set Up Technician

Tasks & Responsibilities May Include

  • Read work orders or blueprints to determine specified tolerances and sequences of operations for machine setup.
  • Position and move metal wires or workpieces through a series of dies that compress and shape stock to form die impressions.
  • Measure and inspect machined parts to ensure conformance to product specifications.
  • Set up, operate, or tend presses and forging machines to perform hot or cold forging by flattening, straightening, bending, cutting, piercing, or other operations to taper, shape, or form metal.
  • Turn handles or knobs to set pressures and depths of ram strokes and to synchronize machine operations.

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