Metal Base Blocker

Operate machines to cast blocks of type metals and mill blocks.
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Quick Stats

Salary Range
$19,000 – $45,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Metal Base Blockers do?

Operates machines to cast blocks of type metal, mill blocks to specified size, and bond blocks to printing plates: Fills melting pot of stereotype casting machine with bars of metal alloy and sets thermostatic control. Tightens clamps on casting box cover and raises casting box to vertical position. Moves lever on melting pot to open pouring gate or ladles molten metal into honeycomb mold in casting box. Removes cast metal block from casting box after it has cooled and cuts to size on trim saw. Operates block leveling machine to mill block surface to specified height. Cuts sheet of thermoplastic bond film to size. Inserts film between plate back and block top and places assembly on sliding table of heat press. Makes proof of cut on transparent plastic sheet to verify color register, using proof press. Marks plates for filing.

Should I be a Metal Base Blocker?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.
  • Team Player: You're able to listen, communicate, and work with tons of different people.
  • Ready for a Challenge: You jump into new projects with initiative and drive.

  • Also known as: Blocker, Metal Base

    How to become a Metal Base Blocker

    Most Metal Base Blockers 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:9kaaaa&chl=no+college+%2886%25%29|certificate+%2814%25%29||||&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,86,86
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