Nibbler Operator

Tend machines that cut metal plates, sheets, or structural shapes.
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Salary Range
$20,000 – $44,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Nibbler Operators do?

Tends machine that cuts metal plates, sheets, or structural shapes into specified radial or irregular shapes by action of reciprocating cutting knives or punches: Positions and clamps specified cutter or punch into ram and bed of machine. Turns thumbscrews to adjust depth of stroke to thickness of metal. Turns handwheel to set specified distance between cutter or punch and center point of turntable or fixtures, using built-in scale or rule. Clamps guide and drive rollers over workpiece. Depresses pedal which activates ram and feed rollers to cut or punch along radius. Guides workpiece manually along cutting lines or template to cut irregular shapes. May lay out guidelines onto workpiece by tracing from template. Mat drill center hole into workpiece, using portable drill. May bevel edges of steel plates, using portable pneumatic nibbler.


Should I be a Nibbler Operator?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Trustworthy: You are known for your personal integrity and honesty.
  • 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: Nut Blanker Operator

    How to become a Nibbler Operator

    Most Nibbler 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:9baaaa&chl=no+college+%2898%25%29|certificate+%282%25%29|associate%27s+%281%25%29|||&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,98,98
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