Crook Operator

Operate machines to cut and deburr brass wind instrument tubes.
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Quick Stats

Salary Range
$20,000 – $54,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Crook Operators do?

Operates machine to cut and deburr brass wind instrument tubes, and controls equipment to anneal tubes: Sets length gauge of saw and pushes tubes into rotating blade to cut tubes to specified length. Inserts burring tool into chuck of turning lathe and holds tube ends against rotating burring tool to remove burs. Places tubes in oven or on sprockets of wheel that revolves between two torches to anneal tubes for ease of bending. May fill tube with pitch to facilitate bending tube manually around forming block. Places tube in oven to melt pitch for removal from tube. May place tube in balling-out mold and push steel balls through tube to size part or remove wrinkles.

Should I be a Crook 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: Gleason Operator, Rotary-Bar Operator

    How to become a Crook Operator

    Crook 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 Crook Operator-related education!
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