Press Breaker

Unload pressed hardboard panels from hardboard pressing machine.
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Quick Stats


Salary Range
$18,000 – $40,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Press Breakers do?

Unloads pressed hardboard panels from hardboard pressing machine: Pushes buttons that activate elevator platform to facilitate worker access to tiers of hardboard pressing machine. Inspects wood fiber mats to ensure specified position in pressing machine. Breaks seals of pressed hardboard from pressing plates, using pry bar, and activates drive chain motors to eject hardboard panels from press into tiers of unloading machine. Activates conveyor to unload hardboard panels onto panel stacker that stands panels on edge in humidifier cars. Removes and weighs randomly selected hardboard panels from conveyor belt, and records weights on tally sheet to facilitate quality control. Replaces weighed panels onto conveyor belt. Pushes loaded humidifier carts into humidifier cabinet.


Should I be a Press Breaker?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Calm Under Pressure: You keep your cool when dealing with highly stressful situations.
  • Team Player: You're able to listen, communicate, and work with tons of different people.
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.

  • How to become a Press Breaker

    Most Press Breakers 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:9gfaaa&chl=no+college+%2884%25%29|certificate+%289%25%29|associate%27s+%287%25%29|||doctorate+%281%25%29&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,84,84
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