Gear Sorting and Inspecting Machine Operator

Set up and operate gear inspecting and sorting machines.
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Salary Range
$20,000 – $56,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Gear Sorting and Inspecting Machine Operators do?

Sets up and operates gear inspecting and sorting machines to measure gears for deviations from dimensional specifications and to test mesh of gears with master gears: Positions gear in spindle and moves controls to engage it with master gear. Rotates gear and observes mating with master gear and listens for sounds indicating defective gear. Marks gear with ink or attaches tracing stylus to gear to locate and highlight wear points. Color codes gears to enable other workers to match gears having similar deviations. May file burrs or highspots on gears. May test mesh and accuracy of finished transmission gears and be designated Gear Roller.


Should I be a Gear Sorting and Inspecting 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.
  • Independent: You enjoy flying solo and doing things your own way.
  • Trustworthy: You are known for your personal integrity and honesty.

  • Also known as: Machine-Operations Inspector

    How to Become a
    Gear Sorting and Inspecting Machine Operator

    Most Gear Sorting and Inspecting 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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