Primer Inserting Machine Operator

Tend machines that insert and seat primers in center fire cartridge cases.
picture of Primer Inserting Machine Operator

Quick Stats

Salary Range
$18,000 – $49,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Primer Inserting Machine Operators do?

Tends machine that inserts and seats primers in center fire cartridge cases and shotgun shells: Starts machine and feeds cases onto pins of rotating dial plate or fills hopper. Observes flow of primers and cases through feed tracks to detect malfunction or jamming of inserting and seating punches and ejection mechanism. Stops machine to remove jammed primers or cases, using fingers, and notifies PRIMER-INSERTING-MACHINE ADJUSTER of malfunction. Examines primed cases at ejection chute for defects, such as dents or scratches, and measures them for conformance to specifications, using fixed gauges. May tend machine that waterproofs cases [PRIMER-WATERPROOFING-MACHINE OPERATOR].

Should I be a Primer Inserting Machine Operator?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.
  • Levelheaded: You hold your emotions in check, even in tough situations.
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.

  • How to Become a
    Primer Inserting Machine Operator

    Primer Inserting Machine 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 Primer Inserting Machine Operator-related education!
    Schools close to

    Careers Similar to Primer Inserting Machine Operator