Ram-Press Operator

Set up and operate hydraulic ram presses to form ware.
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Salary Range
$21,000 – $47,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Ram-Press Operators do?

Sets up and operates hydraulic ram press to form ware: Positions hydrostone die on bed of press, using hoist. Clamps upper and lower halves of die to ram and bed of press. Connects airhose to die. Aligns die, using pins, jacks, and measuring device. Cuts pugged clay to specified size and places clay on die face. Presses control to lower ram to shape ware. Depresses pedal to force air through die and release ware from bed of press. Moves control to raise ram and release ware from die. Holds setter under ram to allow ware to drop on setter as it is released. Inspects ware for specified thickness and adjusts position of die if necessary. Sponges die to remove moisture and removes scrap clay, using knife. May turn controls to adjust length and timing of ram stroke according to type ware pressed.


Should I be a Ram-Press 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.
  • Independent: You enjoy flying solo and doing things your own way.
  • Flexible: You're open to change and think variety is the spice of life.

  • Also known as: Hydraulic-Steam-Press Operator, Ram Press Operator, Record Press Operator, Retort Press Operator

    How to become a Ram-Press Operator

    Most Ram-Press Operators have no higher education and get on-the-job training. Think about earning a Certificate to increase your competitiveness in the field. Chart?chd=s:9gaaaa&chl=no+college+%2891%25%29|certificate+%289%25%29||||&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,91,91
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