Balancing Machine Operator

Operate dynamic balance machines that locate the points of imbalances.
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Salary Range
$20,000 – $54,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Balancing Machine Operators do?

Operates dynamic balance machine to locate points of imbalance on parts, such as spindles, impeller wheels, armatures, rotors, and steam engine flywheels, and balances parts by removing excess metal, using handtools and power tools, or adding metal, using soldering and welding equipment: Signals crane operator to position workpiece on machine pedestals. Slides drive belt over shaft of workpiece or moves drive wheel against workpiece to connect power source that rotates workpiece. Starts machine to rotate workpiece at specified speed. Moves controls of machine to locate points of imbalance indicated by light beam from strobe lamp on identification marks of workpiece, position of wave crest of trace pattern on oscilloscope screen, or readings on wattmeter and protractor dial. Computes amount of weight to be added to or removed from workpiece, or changes size and location of test weight until zero reading is indicated on ammeter. Drills, grinds, chips, or files metal from heavy side, or welds, solders, or rivets metal pieces to light side to correct imbalance, using power drills and grinders, hand file, and soldering and welding equipment.

Should I be a Balancing Machine Operator?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.
  • High Achiever: You love the challenge of tackling difficult work.

  • Also known as: Balancer, Burning-Machine Operator, Dynamic Balancer

    How to Become a
    Balancing Machine Operator

    Balancing Machine 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 Balancing Machine Operator-related education!
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