Pneumatic Tool Operator

Perform duties involved in chipping parts of ships using pneumatic tools.
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Salary Range
$20,000 – $54,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Pneumatic Tool Operators do?

Performs any of following duties involved in chipping, caulking, drilling, and riveting steelplates, beams, and other structural parts of ships under construction or repair, using pneumatic tools: Caulks overlapping seams between steelplates to make seams watertight, using caulking tool. Chips, cuts, trims, and bevels metal to various shapes and sizes, using handtools and pneumatic hammer. Drills, reams, and countersinks rivet and bolt holes, pipe openings, or other holes in steelplate, steel beams, and angle iron, using portable drilling machines. Heats rivets in forge to specified temperature. Presses steel bar against head of hot rivet while RIVETER, HAND hydrostatically tests rivet from opposite side. Tests compartments, tanks, and other watertight parts for leaks, using water and air pressure.


Should I be a Pneumatic Tool 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.
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.
  • High Achiever: You love the challenge of tackling difficult work.

  • Also known as: Automatic Wheel Line Operator

    How to become a Pneumatic Tool Operator

    Pneumatic Tool Operators 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 Pneumatic Tool Operator-related education!
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