Agate Setter

Set agate bearings in scale housings and bridges, base plates, and spiders.
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Salary Range
$18,000 – $49,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Agate Setters do?

Positions, glues, and aligns agate bearings in scale housings and bridges, base plates, and spiders: Mixes cement ingredients according to formula. Cleans agate seats, using files. Positions part in holding fixture. Coats agates and part seats with cement, positions agates in seats, and screws clamp into fixture to hold agates in place. Places clamped part and fixture in oven to harden cement. Sights along rods or straightedge to verify alignment of agates. Repositions bearings to correct misalignment, using handtools, or resets agate bearing.


Should I be an Agate Setter?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.
  • Levelheaded: You hold your emotions in check, even in tough situations.
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.

  • How to become an Agate Setter

    Agate Setters generally graduate from high school and get on-the-job training. Think about earning a Certificate or Associate’s degree to increase your chances of finding a good job. Check out these schools offering Agate Setter-related education!
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