Graining Press Operator

Set up and operate hydraulic presses to extrude blocks of smokeless powder.
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Quick Stats

Salary Range
$21,000 – $47,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Graining Press Operators do?

Sets up and operates hydraulic press to extrude blocks of smokeless powder into strands preparatory to cutting, drying, and bagging: Attaches specified dies to compression cylinder of press with thumbscrews or clamps. Inserts block in compression cylinder and locks cover in place with thumbscrews. Turns ram control valve to extrude powder slowly to avoid explosion. Examines extruded lengths for dirt streaks and malformations. Positions fiber containers under discharge chute of each die hole, and replaces containers as they are filled.

Should I be a Graining Press Operator?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Flexible: You're open to change and think variety is the spice of life.
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.
  • Calm Under Pressure: You keep your cool when dealing with highly stressful situations.

  • How to become a Graining Press Operator

    Most Graining 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:9gaaaa&chl=no+college+%2891%25%29|certificate+%289%25%29||||&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,91,91
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