Lead Press Operator

Operate extrusion presses to encase electric wire and cable in lead sheath.
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Salary Range
$21,000 – $47,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Lead Press Operators do?

Operates extrusion press to encase electric wire and cable in lead sheath: Bolts die in head of press, fills melting pot with lead, and mounts reel of cable on machine spindle. Threads cable through die and cooling chamber, fastens end to takeup reel, and starts machine. Adjusts controls to regulate speed of cable through machine, temperature and flow of metal, pressure of hydraulic ram, and pressure of water spray in cooling chamber to ensure uniform sheathing of lead on cable. Measures thickness and diameter of sheath with micrometers and calipers to verify conformity to size and surface specifications.


Should I be a Lead 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.
  • Team Player: You're able to listen, communicate, and work with tons of different people.
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.

  • How to become a Lead Press Operator

    Most Lead Press 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:9gaaaa&chl=no+college+%2891%25%29|certificate+%289%25%29||||&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,91,91
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