Shear Setter

Set up power shears to cut metal sheets, plates, or bar stocks.
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Salary Range
$20,000 – $44,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Shear Setters do?

Sets up power shear to cut metal sheet, plate, or bar stock according to work card or blueprint specifications: Lays out cutting lines on metal stock according to work order, using ruler and square, to obtain maximum number of pieces from stock. Sets stops, guides, rake and pressure of blade on machine, using wrenches, rule, built-in gauge, or template. Measures dimensions of first piece for conformance to specifications, using rule and square, or has piece approved by inspector. Turns machine over to SHEAR OPERATOR II. May install fixtures to shear, trim, or bevel workpiece.


Should I be a Shear Setter?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Team Player: You're able to listen, communicate, and work with tons of different people.
  • Levelheaded: You hold your emotions in check, even in tough situations.
  • Trustworthy: You are known for your personal integrity and honesty.

  • Also known as: Billet Shearer, Shearman, Shell-Trim Tool Setter, Snap Shearer, Tool Setter

    How to become a Shear Setter

    Most Shear Setters 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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