Matrix Worker

Perform tasks involved in finishing metal phonograph matrices.
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Salary Range
$18,000 – $49,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Matrix Workers do?

Performs any combination of following tasks involved in finishing and inspecting metal phonograph matrices after electroplating processes: Strips master, mother, and stamper matrices, using handtools, files, and knife. Holds matrices against sanding belt or grinding wheel of bench grinder to remove burrs. Punches center hole in stamper and mother matrices, using punch press. Fills offcenter holes with solder, using soldering iron or acetylene torch. Steam cleans and polishes matrices, using brushes, cloths, and polishing compounds. Examines stamper matrices for defects, and weighs matrices to ensure conformance to standards, using scale. Cuts and flares edges of stamper matrices, using press. Marks identifying information on master matrices, using scribe.

Should I be a Matrix Worker?

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.
  • Levelheaded: You hold your emotions in check, even in tough situations.
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.

  • Also known as: Make-Ready Worker, Mold Yard Worker, Mud Worker, Museum Craft Worker

    How to become a Matrix Worker

    Matrix Workers 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 Matrix Worker-related education!
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