Head Gauge Unit Operator

Tend machines that segregate cartridge cases.
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Salary Range
$20,000 – $54,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Head Gauge Unit Operators do?

Tends machines that segregate cartridge cases with oversize and undersize heads: Turns valve to adjust pneumatic conveyor transferring cases from washer-dryer to storage hopper. Raises hopper gate to regulate flow of cases to shaker plate and turns wingnut to adjust spacing of gauge rails. Starts machines to shake cases through specially holed plate that retains cases with oversize heads and feeds cases that pass through holes, nose down, between inclined rails to separate cases with undersize heads. Inverts shaker plate periodically to dump cartridge cases with oversize heads. Removes cartridge cases jammed between gauge rails with fingers or wire pick. Lifts barrels of gauged cases from discharge chutes to trucks and pushes barrels to storage.


Should I be a Head Gauge Unit Operator?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • High Achiever: You love the challenge of tackling difficult work.
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.
  • Ready for a Challenge: You jump into new projects with initiative and drive.

  • How to become a Head Gauge Unit Operator

    Head Gauge Unit Operators generally graduate from high school and get on-the-job training. Think about earning a Certificate or Associate’s degree to increase your chances of finding a good job. Check out these schools offering Head Gauge Unit Operator-related education!
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