Expanding Machine Operator

Tend machines that expand pipe ends.
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Salary Range
$20,000 – $54,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Expanding Machine Operators do?

Tends machine that expands pipe ends to specified diameter by one of following methods: Starts machine that rotates pipe against die to expand end of pipe. Places pipe in expanding machine and starts machine that forces mandrels into end to expand pipe to specified diameter. Starts machine that inserts and expands cylindrical element within pipe to enlarge pipe to specified diameter. Pushes pipe along conveyor rolls to expander block. Verifies dimensions of pipe end with ring or plug gauge. Important variables may be indicated by trade names of machine used.


Should I be an Expanding Machine 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.
  • Ready for a Challenge: You jump into new projects with initiative and drive.
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.

  • Also known as: Beading Machine Operator

    How to Become an
    Expanding Machine Operator

    Expanding Machine 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 Expanding Machine Operator-related education!
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