Bullet Casting Operator

Control automatic equipment to melt and cast lead into cylindrical billets.
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Salary Range
$19,000 – $45,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Bullet Casting Operators do?

Controls automatic equipment to melt and cast lead into cylindrical billets, and extrude billets into wire for making bullets and cores used in small arms ammunition: Starts electric furnace, observes gauges, and turns rheostat to maintain specified temperature and pressure. Charges furnace with lead pigs and scrap of specified alloy, using conveyor and elevating platform. Skims dross from molten lead with skimming ladle. Turns wheel to adjust flow of molten lead into mold. Adjusts stroke of billet extractor mechanism, installs extruding dies, and regulates ram speed and flow of water coolant, using handtools. Threads extruded wire over pulleys into slug-forming machines or through guide pipes to be coiled in drums. Verifies wire size with snap gauges to ensure conformity to specifications.


Should I be a Bullet Casting 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.
  • Team Player: You're able to listen, communicate, and work with tons of different people.
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.

  • How to become a Bullet Casting Operator

    Most Bullet Casting Operators have no higher education and get on-the-job training. Think about earning a Certificate to increase your competitiveness in the field. Chart?chd=s:9kaaaa&chl=no+college+%2886%25%29|certificate+%2814%25%29||||&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,86,86
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