Salvage Machine Operator

Set and operate machines to disassemble rejected cartridges for salvaging.
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Quick Stats

Salary Range
$18,000 – $49,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Salvage Machine Operators do?

Sets up and operates machines to disassemble rejected cartridges for salvaging metal parts: Replaces punches, fingers, dies, feed plate, and shell holders, using handtools, and turns setscrews and stop nuts to adjust ratchets, springs, gates, and pulldown mechanism to accommodate caliber cartridge being processed. Starts machine and feeds cartridges into slots in dial feed plate by hand. Shakes empty cases in hand tumbler to remove powder. Weighs and records scrap and components. May insert cartridges in jaws of bench device and pull lever to extract bullet.

Should I be a Salvage 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.
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.
  • Levelheaded: You hold your emotions in check, even in tough situations.

  • How to become a Salvage Machine Operator

    Salvage 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 Salvage Machine Operator-related education!
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