Hand Former

Bend and straighten cold and hot metal plates, bars, and structural shapes.
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Salary Range
$23,000 – $51,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Hand Formers do?

Bends and straightens cold and hot metal plates, bars, structural shapes, and weldments to angles, curves, or flanges as specified by drawings, layouts, and templates, using form blocks, fixtures forming bars, sledge, power hammer and portable grinders: Lays out reference points onto workpiece and form blocks, using tape, compass, radius bar and applying knowledge of geometry, effects of heat, and physical properties of metal. Sets up and bolts or clamps fixtures, dies, and forming bars to form block to outline specified contour. Heats metal, using furnace or hand torch. Lifts, positions, aligns, and clamps or bolts workpiece to form block of fixture, using tongs or hoist. Bends workpiece, using bar or by hammering with sledge or mallet. Straightens out warps or bumps by hammering against face block or by heating with hand torch. Chips, trims, and grinds edges to specified contour, using chipping hammer and portable and stand grinder. Verifies size of workpiece, using ruler or template. May operate hand-powered machines, such as roll, brake, or bender. May be designated by product formed as Tool Bender, Hand.


Should I be a Hand Former?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Trustworthy: You are known for your personal integrity and honesty.
  • Team Player: You're able to listen, communicate, and work with tons of different people.
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.

  • Also known as: Tool Bender, Hand

    How to become a Hand Former

    Most Hand Formers 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:9qaaaa&chl=no+college+%2879%25%29|certificate+%2821%25%29||||&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,79,79
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