Extruding-Press Operator

Tend machines that press lead ingots or billets.
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Salary Range
$21,000 – $49,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Extruding-Press Operators do?

Tends machine that presses lead ingots or billets through extrusion die to form slugs or lead wire for processing into bullets or cores used in jacketed bullets: Swabs mouth of press with grease and positions ingot or billet beneath ram. Starts motor and presses lever to lower ram that forces lead through die and between wheels that cut lead wire into slugs or wraps extruded wire on spool. Removes catch box when full of slugs or filled spool. May verify weight of slug on scales to ascertain that production specifications are maintained.


Should I be an Extruding-Press Operator?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Calm Under Pressure: You keep your cool when dealing with highly stressful situations.
  • Independent: You enjoy flying solo and doing things your own way.
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.

  • Also known as: Extruding Press Operator

    How to Become an
    Extruding-Press Operator

    Most Extruding-Press 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:9waaaa&chl=no+college+%2873%25%29|certificate+%2827%25%29||||&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,73,73
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