Assembly Press Operator

Tend presses that shape metal, plastic, rubber, or glass parts.
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Quick Stats


Salary Range
$18,000 – $49,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Assembly Press Operators do?

Tends hand or power press that shapes or assembles metal, plastic, rubber, or glass parts by crimping, shaping, locking, staking, or press fitting: Aligns workpiece against fixtures under ram as specified. Moves controls to lower ram that shapes parts or presses parts together. May tend machine to separate parts or punch, face, cut, chamfer, or compress parts preparatory to assembly. May tend machine equipped with multiple rams or automatic positioning device. May be designated according to type of press tended as Arbor-Press Operator II; Kick-Press Operator II; or according to parts assembled as Handle Attacher; Lens Mounter I.


Should I be an Assembly Press Operator?

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.
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.
  • Levelheaded: You hold your emotions in check, even in tough situations.

  • How to become an Assembly Press Operator

    Assembly Press Operators 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 Assembly Press Operator-related education!
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