Tend machines that press partially assembled parts to complete assembly.
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Quick Stats

Salary Range
$18,000 – $49,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Clampers do?

Tends machine that presses partially assembled and glued doors, window sashes, or furniture parts together to complete assembly: Places part on machine table between pressing rails, starts machine, and depresses pedal to squeeze parts together. Positions glued reinforcing blocks to specified locations of assembly, according to instructions, and secures blocks, using pneumatic screwdriver or nailer and stapler. Releases pressure, removes assembly from machine, and stacks assembly on skid or places assembly on conveyor for further processing. May preglue assembly parts and knock parts together, using mallet prior to clamping. May brush glue on parts prior to clamping. May reinforce joints with staples or nails, using pneumatic stapler or hammer. May be designated according to product as Door-Clamp Operator; Sash-Clamp Operator.

Should I be a Clamper?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Levelheaded: You hold your emotions in check, even in tough situations.
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.

  • Also known as: Button Clamper, Clam Shucker

    How to become a Clamper

    Clampers 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 Clamper-related education!
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