Manipulator Operator

Operate manipulators to transport metal stocks.
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Salary Range
$18,000 – $66,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Manipulator Operators do?

Operates manipulator to transport metal stock from furnace and position and turn it on anvil of forging press or hammer: Moves levers and pedals to guide manipulator along floor or on overhead rails to furnace. Moves levers on control box to grasp workpiece with jaws mounted on arm extending from manipulator cab, and transports workpiece to press or hammer. Moves controls of arm to turn and position workpiece on anvil as it is being shaped, following signals of HEAVY FORGER.


Should I be a Manipulator Operator?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Ready for a Challenge: You jump into new projects with initiative and drive.
  • Leader: You're good at taking charge, giving directions, and inspiring other people.
  • Helpful: You always keep an eye out for what other people need.

  • Also known as: Yarn Man

    How to become a Manipulator Operator

    Manipulator 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 Manipulator Operator-related education!
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