Center Punch Operator

Tend punch presses to punch center holes in phonograph records or stamper.
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Salary Range
$20,000 – $44,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Center Punch Operators do?

Tends punch press that punches center holes in phonograph records or stamper: Removes stack of records or stampers from conveyor and places them on machine holder. Positions record in slot over punch die of machine or centers disk under punch die, using calibrated microscope and starts machine. Removes punched record, and simultaneously positions unpunched record in machine or removes and places stamper on sanding spindle for further processing. Places punched records in trays.


Should I be a Center Punch Operator?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Levelheaded: You hold your emotions in check, even in tough situations.
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.
  • Team Player: You're able to listen, communicate, and work with tons of different people.

  • Also known as: Multi-Punch Operator, Punch Operator

    How to become a Center Punch Operator

    Most Center Punch 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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