Shear Operator I

Set up and operate power shears to cut metal objects.
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Salary Range
$20,000 – $44,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Shear Operator Is do?

Sets up and operates power shear to cut metal objects, such as plates, sheets, slabs, billets, or bars to specified dimensions and angle: Turns handwheels to adjust rake and pressure of blade. Positions and clamps stops and side guides to set length and angle of cut, using rule, built-in gauges, or template. Lifts workpiece manually or by hoist or crane to machine bed or roller table and positions it against side guide and end stops. Starts machine which clamps workpiece and lowers blade to cut metal. Lays out cutting lines on metal, using rule, square, or template when shearing single pieces. May tilt bed, blade, or install fixtures to shear, bevel, or trim fabricated items. May set up and operate shear on production line in which shear is fed by conveyor, such as automobile frame line or rolling mill. May operate portable shear to cut sheet metal. May inspect work, using tape, compass, gauge, template, or micrometer to verify dimensions. May be designated by type of shear as Gate-Shear Operator II; or by application of shear as Square-Shear Operator I; Staple-Shear Operator. May operate shear that automatically shears to uniform length metal sheets, plates, or structural shapes fed into machine by continuous coil or conveyor and be designated Shear Operator, Automatic I.

Should I be a Shear Operator I?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.
  • Levelheaded: You hold your emotions in check, even in tough situations.
  • Trustworthy: You are known for your personal integrity and honesty.

  • Also known as: Alligator-Shear Operator, Circular-Shear Operator, Gate-Shear Operator I, Hot-Billet-Shear Operator See More

    How to become a Shear Operator I

    Most Shear 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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