Cut-Off-Machine Operator

Tend cutoff machines that automatically cut sample sections of metal pipes.
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Salary Range
$20,000 – $44,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Cut-Off-Machine Operators do?

Tends cutoff machine that automatically cuts sample sections of metal pipes for testing, and bevels, faces, and reams ends of pipes: Reviews pipe specifications to ascertain length of pipes and pressure setting of hydraulic press used for testing pipe sections. Positions pipe stops on machine and beveling, facing, and reaming heads, according to pipe length specified, using handtools. Turns knob on hydraulic press to pressure specified. Pushes button controls to divert pipes to cutoff machine, to cut sample sections of each pipe, and to turn each pipe for beveling, facing, and reaming of pipe ends. Positions sample sections of pipes under hydraulic press, pulls lever to crush pipe sections, and examines sections for broken welds. Cuts additional sample sections of pipes not passing test, repeats test, and either accepts or rejects pipes according to test results. Diverts defective pipes for further processing, and notifies supervisor. Removes pipes that become wedged on conveyor, using cables, chains, and hoist. Maintains tally of work done and oils machine as needed.

Should I be a Cut-Off-Machine 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.
  • Trustworthy: You are known for your personal integrity and honesty.

  • Also known as: Cut-Off Machine Operator, Fabrication Machine Operator, Folder Machine Operator, Under Cutting Machine Operator

    How to become a Cut-Off-Machine Operator

    Most Cut-Off-Machine 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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