Powder Cutting Operator

Tend machines that cut strands of smokeless powder into grains.
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Salary Range
$20,000 – $45,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Powder Cutting Operators do?

Tends machine that cuts strands of smokeless powder into grains of designated size to produce explosives having uniform ballistic properties: Changes gear ratio of machine-feed mechanism to cut grains to specified size. Feeds flexible strands of colloidal powder through guide holes into cutter. Starts flow of liquid coolant, such as alcohol or water, playing on cutting area to prevent outbreak of fire. Empties fiber containers of cut powder into cart.

Should I be a Powder Cutting Operator?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.
  • Flexible: You're open to change and think variety is the spice of life.
  • Team Player: You're able to listen, communicate, and work with tons of different people.

  • Also known as: Cutting and Creasing Press Operator, Cutting Pressman, Cutting Press Person, Roll-Cutting Operator

    How to become a Powder Cutting Operator

    Most Powder Cutting 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:9iaaaa&chl=no+college+%2888%25%29|certificate+%2812%25%29||||&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,88,88
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