Loading Unit Operator

Tend machines that load small arms cartridge cases with powder and bullets.
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Salary Range
$17,000 – $42,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Loading Unit Operators do?

Tends machines that load small arms cartridge cases with powder and bullets and crimps cases, working as member of team: Places powder dispensing plate in machine fixture and pushes lever that moves plate under machine hopper to fill holes in plate with powder and return it automatically. Clamps plate of cartridge cases over powder plate and turns over assembly to dump powder into cases. Taps dispensing plate with mallet to dislodge powder residue and removes plate. Measures powder-filled cases, using special gauge, to verify cases are filled. Positions plate of bullets over plate of cartridge cases and pulls bottom slide in bullet plate to drop bullets into cases. Positions cartridge plate on press and pushes lever to lower punches that seat bullets to specified depth in cartridge cases. Places plate of cartridges on press bed and pushes lever to lower crimping block that crimps cartridge cases around bullets. Removes plate from press and examines cartridges for defects, such as dented points, scratches, and loose bullets. Measures samples with fixed gauges to verify conformance to specifications. May be designated according to machine unit tended as Loading-Unit Operator, Crimping; Loading-Unit Operator, Powder Charging; Loading-Unit Operator, Seating.

Should I be a Loading Unit Operator?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Flexible: You're open to change and think variety is the spice of life.
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.
  • Levelheaded: You hold your emotions in check, even in tough situations.

  • Also known as: Cartridge-Loading Operator, Loading-Unit Operator, Crimping, Loading-Unit Operator, Powder Charging See More

    How to become a Loading Unit Operator

    Most Loading Unit 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:9afaaa&chl=no+college+%2892%25%29|certificate+%281%25%29|associate%27s+%288%25%29|||&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,92,92
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