Bench Shear Operator

Cut sheet metal furniture parts to shape with hand-operated bench shears.
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Quick Stats


Salary Range
$20,000 – $44,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Bench Shear Operators do?

Cuts sheet metal furniture parts to shape with hand-operated bench shears: Scribes cutting lines on one sheet or receives sample sheet marked by another worker. Places sheet in shears with one line of cut on edge of lower knife. Pulls lever to cut sheet along line. Advances sheet into shears as separate cuts are made on scribed lines until shape is completely cut. Marks other sheets as desired, using first sheet as pattern, and cuts parts from sheets.


Should I be a Bench Shear Operator?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Helpful: You always keep an eye out for what other people need.
  • Trustworthy: You are known for your personal integrity and honesty.
  • Levelheaded: You hold your emotions in check, even in tough situations.

  • Also known as: CNC Bender Operator

    How to become a Bench Shear Operator

    Most Bench Shear Operators have no higher education and get on-the-job training. Think about earning a Certificate or Associate's degree to increase your competitiveness in the field. Chart?chd=s:9baaaa&chl=no+college+%2898%25%29|certificate+%282%25%29|associate%27s+%281%25%29|||&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,98,98
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