Shotgun Shell Loading Machine Operator

Tend machines that assemble shotgun shells and print load information.
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Salary Range
$18,000 – $49,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Shotgun Shell Loading Machine Operators do?

Tends battery of automatic machines that assemble shotgun shells and print load information on shell body: Starts machine and observes operation for jams in hoppers, feed tubes and channels, rotary feed plates, and loading and crimping mechanisms. Removes jammed shell components, using fingers or wire hook. Examines samples of completed shells at specified intervals to detect incomplete crimping, bulging wads, and blurred printing. Measures length, head thickness, and diameter, using fixed gauges. Cuts open shell with knife and weighs powder and shot charge on grain scale to ensure charges are within specified limits and wads are correctly placed within shells. Periodically obstructs flow of powder and wads to ensure that automatic warning devices are functioning. Communicates with HOPPER FEEDER and packing workers regarding operational difficulties, quality, quantity, and changeover of shells that corrective action may be taken, using intercom system. Cleans machines of powder, shot, and scrap, using brush and vacuum cleaner. Notifies LOADING-MACHINE TOOL-SETTER of machine malfunctioning.


Should I be a Shotgun Shell Loading 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.

  • How to Become a
    Shotgun Shell Loading Machine Operator

    Shotgun Shell Loading 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 Shotgun Shell Loading Machine Operator-related education!
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