Friction Welding-Machine Operator

Operate friction-welding machines to join metal components.
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Salary Range
$23,000 – $50,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Friction Welding-Machine Operators do?

Operates friction-welding machine to join metal components, according to work orders, specification tables, and diagrams: Installs, aligns, and adjusts fixtures and stops, using handtools and precision measuring devices, such as micrometers, calipers, verniers, and gauges. Positions parts to be welded into rotating and stationary cylinders of machine holding devices and aligns cylinders in parallel position, using wrench. Turns knobs to regulate speed and timing of rotating cycle and pressure force of stationary cylinder. Presses button to activate machine motor and depresses pedal to start friction-welding cycle to perform trial run. Removes welded parts from machine, using wrench. Periodically inspects workpieces, using precision measuring devices. May perform maintenance operations before and after machine functioning, such as greasing machine, adjusting tension of drive belts, and maintaining specified level of hydraulic fluids and coolants.


Should I be a Friction Welding-Machine Operator?

You should have a certificate degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.
  • Helpful: You always keep an eye out for what other people need.
  • Calm Under Pressure: You keep your cool when dealing with highly stressful situations.

  • Also known as: Friction Welding Machine Operator, Percussion-Welding-Machine Operator, Projection-Welding-Machine Operator See More

    How to Become a
    Friction Welding-Machine Operator

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