Heavy Forger

Shape heated metal stocks into forgings on the presses with open dies.
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Salary Range
$22,000 – $47,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Heavy Forgers do?

Shapes heated metal stock into forgings on power hammer or press equipped with open dies, applying knowledge of forging techniques and physical properties of metal, following work order, diagrams, or specifications, and using measuring instruments and handtools: Aligns and bolts dies into ram and anvil of machine, using rule, square, gauges, and handtools. Observes color of metal in furnace to determine forging temperature and signals HEATER to pull metal from furnace. Directs LEVER TENDER to start machine and regulate action of hammer or press, and directs HEAVY-FORGER HELPER or MANIPULATOR OPERATOR to position and turn metal on anvil of machine. Verifies dimensions of forging, using rule and calipers. May forge cold metal. May be designated according to forging equipment as Hammersmith; Press Smith.


Should I be a Heavy Forger?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.
  • Team Player: You're able to listen, communicate, and work with tons of different people.
  • Ready for a Challenge: You jump into new projects with initiative and drive.

  • Also known as: Die Forger, Drop Forge Hand, Drop Forger, Forge Hand, Forger, Forgesmith, Roll Forger, Spring Forger

    How to become a Heavy Forger

    Most Heavy Forgers 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:9baaaa&chl=no+college+%2898%25%29|certificate+%282%25%29||||&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,98,98
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