Set up and operate machines to fabricate ornamental metal products.
Tends mechanical or hydraulic presses which compress metal powders into parts, such as bearings, gears, filters, and rings, and coin them to specified size: Pours metal powder into hopper. Starts press, observes operation, and notifies PRESS SETTER of malfunctions. Examines finished part for nicks, burrs, and cracks. Weighs parts on scale and measures dimensions, using micrometers or fixed gauges, to ensure conformance to specifications. May adjust shuttle mechanism to regulate amount of powder in part. Places finished parts on tray or in stock pan. May write identifying information, such as mix number, number of parts, and date, on tag and attach it to tray or pan. Feeds parts into coining press to correct distortions created in sinking process. Removes parts from press and inspects them for burrs or other imperfections. Places parts on tray or in stock pan. May tend forming presses that fabricate clockwork parts from powdered metal.