Hobbing Press Operator

Operate hydraulic presses that force steel hobs into soft steel blocks.
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Quick Stats


Salary Range
$20,000 – $54,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Hobbing Press Operators do?

Operates hydraulic press that forces hard steel hob into soft steel block to form molding die: Receives premarked soft steel block and specified hob from set-up worker. Places block in retainer ring of press and positions hob on block. Places plug block over hob to hold hob in alignment. Turns handwheel to raise ram which holds block and hob in place. Starts pumps to build up prescribed hydraulic pressure. Pulls lever to exert pressure on ram which embeds hob in soft block to specified depth, forming impression die. Removes block manually and clamps it in vise. Taps block with hammer to loosen hob and removes it from block. Inspects die for defects, such as rips or flaws, using magnifying glasses.


Should I be a Hobbing Press Operator?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.
  • High Achiever: You love the challenge of tackling difficult work.
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.

  • How to become a Hobbing Press Operator

    Hobbing Press 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 Hobbing Press Operator-related education!
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