Shell Machine Operator

Set up and operate machines to make paper cartridge shells for dynamite.
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Salary Range
$18,000 – $49,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Shell Machine Operators do?

Sets up and operates machine to make paper cartridge shells for dynamite and impregnate them with paraffin: Positions roll of paper on machine spindle and threads end of paper under shear plate and between rolls. Adjusts bottom crimper, rolls, and shear according to length and diameter of cartridge, using machinist’s rule and wrenches. Pours melted paraffin into dispenser and activates heating element. Starts machine and removes formed and impregnated cartridges.


Should I be a Shell Machine Operator?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Levelheaded: You hold your emotions in check, even in tough situations.
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.

  • Also known as: Squirt-Machine Operator, Suction-Machine Operator

    How to become a Shell Machine Operator

    Shell 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 Shell Machine Operator-related education!
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