Nicking Machine Operator

Set up and operate machines that notch identification nicks.
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Salary Range
$21,000 – $47,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Nicking Machine Operators do?

Sets up and operates machine that notches identification nicks in cutting die edge: Grinds burrs from cutting edge of die, using abrasive wheel. Obtains nicking tools specified on template. Bolts tools to machine bed, using wrench. Heats cutting edge of die to soften metal, using acetylene torch. Positions heated die edge between nicking tools. Pulls lever to close tools that notch identification nicks in die edge.


Should I be a Nicking Machine Operator?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Levelheaded: You hold your emotions in check, even in tough situations.
  • 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.

  • How to become a Nicking Machine Operator

    Most Nicking Machine Operators 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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