Drill Punch Operator

Tend multiple-spindle drill presses that drill holes in paper goods.
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Salary Range
$18,000 – $49,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Drill Punch Operators do?

Tends multiple-spindle drill press that drills holes in paper goods, such as notebook paper, booklets, envelopes, pamphlets, index cards, and other paper and printed products: Reads job specifications to determine spacing and dimension of holes to be drilled in paper items. Adjusts spacing of drills, positions of backstop and guides according to size of items to be drilled, using handtools. Presses button to start machine. Jogs stack of paper items to straighten and align edges. Positions stacks of paper items against backstop and end guides of machine table. Depresses pedal to raise stock or lower drills to cut holes in paper. Stacks drilled items on pallets. May replace dull drills, using handtools.


Should I be a Drill Punch Operator?

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

  • Also known as: Drill Operator

    How to become a Drill Punch Operator

    Drill Punch 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 Drill Punch Operator-related education!
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