Knurling Machine Operator

Tend band-seating machines that roughen grooves of artillery shells.
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Salary Range
$23,000 – $52,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Knurling Machine Operators do?

Tends band-seating machine that roughens grooves of artillery shells so that brass or copper bands affixed by BANDING-MACHINE OPERATOR will secure shell and rotate it when fired: Positions shell in chuck of lathe and tightens chuck, using wrench. Moves machine controls to start shell rotating and engage feed of knurling tool. Presses and releases pedal when band seat is sufficiently scored and removes processed shell from chuck.


Should I be a Knurling Machine Operator?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.
  • Ready for a Challenge: You jump into new projects with initiative and drive.
  • Independent: You enjoy flying solo and doing things your own way.

  • Also known as: Knurling-Machine Tender, Rolling-Machine Operator, Automatic

    How to Become a
    Knurling Machine Operator

    Most Knurling Machine Operators have no higher education and get on-the-job training. Think about earning a Certificate or Associate's degree to increase your competitiveness in the field. Chart?chd=s:9ycaaa&chl=no+college+%2854%25%29|certificate+%2844%25%29|associate%27s+%282%25%29|||&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,54,54
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