Metal Bonding Press Operator

Set up and operate hydraulic presses to bond metal aircraft parts.
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Salary Range
$20,000 – $54,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Metal Bonding Press Operators do?

Sets up and operates hydraulic press equipped with heated platens to bond metal aircraft and space vehicle parts and assemblies: Reads blueprints and shop orders to determine areas of parts to be joined, amount of bonding agent to apply, and temperature and pressure required. Examines parts or assemblies for surface defects and positions parts on machine bed, using jigs or fixtures. Applies adhesives to surfaces to be bonded. Installs thermocouple leads to machine, using handtools. Starts machine and adjusts controls to regulate pressure, heat, and curing time. May assemble parts prior to aligning them in machine. May operate autoclaves and ovens to cure and bond parts and assemblies [AUTOCLAVE OPERATOR 553.362-014].


Should I be a Metal Bonding Press 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.
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.
  • High Achiever: You love the challenge of tackling difficult work.

  • Also known as: Platen Operator, Metal Bond

    How to Become a
    Metal Bonding Press Operator

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