Shaker Plate Operator

Tend machines that position small arms cartridges in holed plates.
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Salary Range
$20,000 – $56,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Shaker Plate Operators do?

Tends machine that positions small arms cartridges or components in specially holed plates and inspects parts for conformance to standards: Places plate on shaker bed and scoops parts from hopper onto plate. Starts machine and spreads parts over oscillating plate by hand or with stick to fill depressions. Stops machine and shakes plate to invert parts not upended. Examines cartridges and components for defects, such as dents, burrs, scratches, and reversed or missing parts, using magnifying glass for minute parts. Removes defective parts, using tweezers, pick, or wax-tipped stick. Inverts parts, using transfer plate, to examine both ends. May record quantity of rejections according to type of defect. May shake parts through gauging screens to verify conformance to specified dimensions.


Should I be a Shaker Plate Operator?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.
  • Independent: You enjoy flying solo and doing things your own way.
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.

  • Also known as: Breaker Operator

    How to become a Shaker Plate Operator

    Most Shaker Plate Operators 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:9zcaaa&chl=no+college+%2869%25%29|certificate+%2828%25%29|associate%27s+%283%25%29|||&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,69,69
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