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

Description

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

Tasks

  • Measure and inspect machined parts to ensure conformance to product specifications.
  • Read work orders or blueprints to determine specified tolerances and sequences of operations for machine setup.
  • Start machines to produce sample workpieces, and observe operations to detect machine malfunctions and to verify that machine setups conform to specifications.
  • Remove dies from machines when production runs are finished.
  • Turn handles or knobs to set pressures and depths of ram strokes and to synchronize machine operations.
  • Confer with other workers about machine setups and operational specifications.
  • Repair, maintain, and replace parts on dies.
  • 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.
  • Position and move metal wires or workpieces through a series of dies that compress and shape stock to form die impressions.
  • Install, adjust, and remove dies, synchronizing cams, forging hammers, and stop guides, using overhead cranes or other hoisting devices, and hand tools.
  • Select, align, and bolt positioning fixtures, stops and specified dies to rams and anvils, forging rolls, or presses and hammers.
  • Trim and compress finished forgings to specified tolerances.
  • Sharpen cutting tools and drill bits, using bench grinders.

Knowledge

Fine Arts
Knowledge of the theory and techniques required to compose, produce, and perform works of music, dance, visual arts, drama, and sculpture.

Skills

Installation
Installing equipment, machines, wiring, or programs to meet specifications.
Programming
Writing computer programs for various purposes.
Management of Financial Resources
Determining how money will be spent to get the work done, and accounting for these expenditures.

Abilities

Explosive Strength
The ability to use short bursts of muscle force to propel oneself (as in jumping or sprinting), or to throw an object.
Dynamic Flexibility
The ability to quickly and repeatedly bend, stretch, twist, or reach out with your body, arms, and/or legs.

Interests

Realistic
Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others.
Conventional
Conventional occupations frequently involve following set procedures and routines. These occupations can include working with data and details more than with ideas. Usually there is a clear line of authority to follow.
Investigative
Investigative occupations frequently involve working with ideas, and require an extensive amount of thinking. These occupations can involve searching for facts and figuring out problems mentally.
Enterprising
Enterprising occupations frequently involve starting up and carrying out projects. These occupations can involve leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes they require risk taking and often deal with business.
Artistic
Artistic occupations frequently involve working with forms, designs and patterns. They often require self-expression and the work can be done without following a clear set of rules.
Social
Social occupations frequently involve working with, communicating with, and teaching people. These occupations often involve helping or providing service to others.

Work Style

Dependability
Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.
Attention to Detail
Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.
Cooperation
Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.
Independence
Job requires developing one's own ways of doing things, guiding oneself with little or no supervision, and depending on oneself to get things done.
Self Control
Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations.
Initiative
Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.
Persistence
Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles.
Stress Tolerance
Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations.
Concern for Others
Job requires being sensitive to others' needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job.
Integrity
Job requires being honest and ethical.

Work Values

Support
Occupations that satisfy this work value offer supportive management that stands behind employees. Corresponding needs are Company Policies, Supervision: Human Relations and Supervision: Technical.
Relationships
Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to provide service to others and work with co-workers in a friendly non-competitive environment. Corresponding needs are Co-workers, Moral Values and Social Service.
Working Conditions
Occupations that satisfy this work value offer job security and good working conditions. Corresponding needs are Activity, Compensation, Independence, Security, Variety and Working Conditions.
Achievement
Occupations that satisfy this work value are results oriented and allow employees to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment. Corresponding needs are Ability Utilization and Achievement.
Recognition
Occupations that satisfy this work value offer advancement, potential for leadership, and are often considered prestigious. Corresponding needs are Advancement, Authority, Recognition and Social Status.
Independence
Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to work on their own and make decisions. Corresponding needs are Creativity, Responsibility and Autonomy.

Lay Titles

Air Table Operator
Anvil Seating Press Operator
Automatic Casting-Forging Machine Operator
Blacksmith
Board Hammer Operator
Bolt Machine Operator
Buckshot Swage Operator
Bulldozer Operator
Bulldozer Press Operator
Cage Maker
Charging Manipulator
Cold Header
Cold Header Operator
Die Caster
Die Forger
Die Holder
Die Machine Operator
Die Setter
Drop Forge Hand
Drop Forge Operator
Drop Forger
Drop Hammer Set Up Operator
Drophammer Operator
Dropper
Expander
Expander Machine Operator
Fastener Technologist
Forge Hand
Forge Operator
Forge Press Operator
Forge Tender
Forger
Forgesmith
Forging Machine Hand
Forging Machine Operator
Forging Press Operator
Forging Roll Operator
Gang Punch Operator
Hammer Driver
Hammer Operator
Hammer Runner
Hammersmith
Header Machine Operator
Header Operator
Header Set-Up Operator
Heat Reader
Heavy Forger
Heavy Forging Machine Operator
Hydraulic Operator
Keel Press Operator
Knuckler
Lever Operator
Lever Tender
Machine Operator
Manipulator Operator
Manufacturing Assistant
Manufacturing Associate
Manufacturing Operator
Mold Technician
Molding Operator
Multi Operation Machine Operator
Nut Former
Operator
Planishing Hammer Operator
Plastic Shaper
Power Hammer Operator
Press Operator
Process Technician
Restrike Hammer Operator
Ring Roller Operator
Rivet Maker
Roller Machine Operator
Set Up Operator
Set Up Techncian
Spike Machine Operator

National Wages and Employment Info

Median Wages (2008):
$16.37 hourly, $34,060 annual.
Employment (2008):
22,270 employees