Punch-Press Operator I

Set up and operate power presses to trim or punch metal or plastic stocks.
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Quick Stats

Salary Range
$20,000 – $44,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Punch-Press Operator Is do?

Sets up and operates power press to trim, punch, shape, notch, draw, or crimp metal, composite, or plastic stock: Assembles, installs, and aligns dies in press according to specifications, using feelers, shims, templates, bolts, clamps, and wrenches. Adjusts ram stroke to specified length. Positions workpiece against fixtures or stops on machine bed or on die. Starts press and observes operation to detect misalignment or malfunction. Inspects workpieces for conformance to specifications, visually or using gauges or templates, and adjusts machine to correct errors. May clean and lubricate machines. May be designated according to type of machine as Multiple-Punch-Press Operator I; or by function of machine as Draw-Press Operator; Forming-Press Operator I; Straightening-Press Operator I; Stretching-Press Operator.

Should I be a Punch-Press Operator I?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • 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.
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.

  • Also known as: Bench-Press Operator, CNC Punch Press Operator, Hot Punch Press Operator, Metal Punch Press Operator See More

    How to become a Punch-Press Operator I

    Most Punch-Press Operator Is 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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