Shear Operator II

Tend power shears that cut metal objects.
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Salary Range
$20,000 – $44,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Shear Operator IIs do?

Tends power shear that cuts metal objects, such as sheets, plates, billets or bars, to specified length: Lifts workpiece manually, or by hoist or crane, to machine bed or roller table. Positions workpiece against side guides and end stops or aligns layout lines under shear blade. Starts machine that clamps workpiece and lowers blade to cut metal. May tend shear on production line where shear is fed by conveyor, such as automobile frame line or rolling mill. May position stops according to calibrated gauge on machine to shear to length such items as scrap, billets, or reinforcing rods. May verify size of sheared items, using tape measurer, caliper, or template. May shear metal to specified circular or curved dimensions. May be designated by type of shear as Alligator-Shear Operator; Gate-Shear Operator I; or by application of shear as Hot-Billet-Shear Operator; Scrap-Shear Operator; Square-Shear Operator II.


Should I be a Shear Operator II?

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.
  • Helpful: You always keep an eye out for what other people need.
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.

  • Also known as: Gate-Shear Operator II, Square-Shear Operator II

    How to become a Shear Operator II

    Most Shear Operator IIs 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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