Press Setter

Set up mechanical and hydraulic presses to produce powdered-metal parts.
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Salary Range
$20,000 – $44,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Press Setters do?

Sets up mechanical and hydraulic presses to produce powdered-metal parts, such as bearings, gears, filters, and rings according to blueprints and specifications, using handtools: Installs, positions, and aligns dies in press bed. Adjusts stroke of ram and punches to specified depth of fill and injection stroke, using handtools, and opens supply hopper valves to regulate flow of powder. Starts machine to produce sample parts for inspection. Measures dimensions of and weighs parts to ensure parts meet specifications, using micrometer and balance scale. May set up sintering furnace. May mix powders [MIXER].

Should I be a Press Setter?

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.
  • Helpful: You always keep an eye out for what other people need.

  • Also known as: Wheel Presser

    How to become a Press Setter

    Most Press Setters 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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