Punch Press Setter

Set up and install dies into power presses.
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Salary Range
$20,000 – $44,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Punch Press Setters do?

Sets up and installs dies into power presses to punch, notch, cut blanks, form or draw metal plates, strips, sheets, or blanks: Positions, aligns, and locks specified dies into machine ram and bed. Sets stops, guides, or installs jigs or fixtures for positioning workpiece. Adjusts depth and pressure of stroke. Operates press machine to verify functioning of dies. Examines stamped out metal parts to detect malfunctioning machine and defect in dies. May sharpen dies, using grinding machine. May assemble, align, and install progressive dies. May set up automatic punch presses.


Should I be a Punch Press Setter?

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.
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.

  • Also known as: Hoop Puncher

    How to become a Punch Press Setter

    Most Punch 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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