Hand Router Operator

Trim metallic and nonmetallic parts to provide cutouts for windows.
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Salary Range
$18,000 – $38,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Hand Router Operators do?

Routs and trims metallic and nonmetallic parts and materials to provide cutouts for windows, air vents, and tubing runs, used in manufacturing transportation equipment, such as aircraft and railroad cars, using portable router and handtools: Selects and installs specified type and size bit and collar combinations in hand router, guided by template, jig, or fixture markings or information obtained from blueprints and specifications. Positions and secures parts or materials to be routed, template, and router guide on router board, jig, or fixture, using bolts, screws, clamps, handtools, and power tools. Moves router along guide to cut openings in parts and materials or to trim excess material. Grinds, smooths, or deburrs parts, using handtools or power tools. May drill coordinating holes in parts or materials, using drill motor.


Should I be a Hand Router Operator?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Independent: You enjoy flying solo and doing things your own way.
  • Levelheaded: You hold your emotions in check, even in tough situations.
  • Team Player: You're able to listen, communicate, and work with tons of different people.

  • Also known as: Embroidery Operator, Glass Robot Operator, Portable Router Operator, Router Operator, Hand, Sleeve Separator

    How to become a Hand Router Operator

    Most Hand Router 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:9maaaa&chl=no+college+%2862%25%29|certificate+%2838%25%29||||&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,62,62
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