First Sampler

Operate machines to form cuts of copper ingots into wire samples.
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Salary Range
$20,000 – $56,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do First Samplers do?

Operates machines to form cut of copper ingot into wire samples for metallurgical testing: Smooths lateral sides of sample with emery wheel. Heats sample in furnace to light-red glow. Rolls sample into rod by passing rod through rolling machine. Coils rod and immerses rod in acid bath to remove scale. Tapers end of rod, using hammer. Inserts tapered end through selected steel-wire die, and fastens it to powered clamp. Depresses pedal to draw rod to specified size through series of dies of decreasing diameters. Coils wire to prepare it for metallurgical analysis.


Should I be a First Sampler?

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: Heel Sprayer, First, Safety Fire Boss, Sampler, First

    How to become a First Sampler

    Most First Samplers 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:9zcaaa&chl=no+college+%2869%25%29|certificate+%2828%25%29|associate%27s+%283%25%29|||&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,69,69
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