Gauge and Weigh Machine Operator

Tend machines that gauge and weigh cartridges and examines cartridges.
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Salary Range
$20,000 – $56,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Gauge and Weigh Machine Operators do?

Tends machine that gauges and weighs cartridges and examines cartridges for defects: Scoops handful of cartridges from bin and arranges them with heads in one direction. Rolls cartridges from hand to hand and examines them for such defects as dents, scratches, and missing or inverted primers. Places acceptable cartridges on inclined chute for gravity feeding into gauging and weighing mechanisms. Starts machine and observes operation to detect jamming. Removes misaligned cartridges from gravity chute, using special hook tool. Moves lever to eject jammed cartridges. Notifies GAUGE-AND-WEIGH-MACHINE ADJUSTER of machine malfunction. May examine cartridges carried past work station in nests of rotating conveyor table and press button to drop out defective cartridges. May tend machine that gauges but does not weigh cartridges and be designated Gauging-Machine Operator.


Should I be a Gauge and Weigh 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.
  • Levelheaded: You hold your emotions in check, even in tough situations.
  • Independent: You enjoy flying solo and doing things your own way.

  • Also known as: Weigh Machine Operator

    How to Become a
    Gauge and Weigh Machine Operator

    Most Gauge and Weigh Machine Operators 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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