Drophammer Operator

Set up and operate closed-die drop hammers to forge metal parts.
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Salary Range
$22,000 – $47,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Drophammer Operators do?

Sets up and operates closed-die drophammer to forge metal parts according to specifications, using measuring instruments and handtools: Informs HEATER 619.682-022 of forging specifications, such as specified quantity and temperature setting. Aligns and bolts specified dies to machine ram and anvil, using scale, rule, square, feeler gauges, shims, and handtools. Positions workpiece onto lower die and depresses pedal to activate ram that repeatedly strikes and forces metal workpiece into die impression. Moves workpiece through series of dies to attain specified detail. May plan work procedures, select tooling, and operate drophammer to form experimental or developmental parts. May turn knobs to regulate conveyor speed and feed that automatically carries heated stock from furnace, places stock on anvil, and removes finished workpiece. May forge unheated metal. May set stops or turn handles to set specified striking force of ram. May trim flash from finished forging. May operate hammer to compress finished forgings to specified tolerances and be designated Restrike Hammer Operator. May be designated according to type of hammer operated as Board Drop Hammer Operator; Impact Hammer Operator; Steam Hammer Operator.

Should I be a Drophammer Operator?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Independent: You enjoy flying solo and doing things your own way.
  • 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.

  • Also known as: Blacksmith, Hammer Operator, Board Drop Hammer Operator, Board Hammer Operator, Drop Hammer Set Up Operator See More

    How to become a Drophammer Operator

    Most Drophammer Operators have no higher education and get on-the-job training. Think about earning a Certificate to increase your competitiveness in the field. Chart?chd=s:9baaaa&chl=no+college+%2898%25%29|certificate+%282%25%29||||&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,98,98
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