Sizing-Machine Operator

Set up and operate battery of machines to compress to size.
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Salary Range
$21,000 – $47,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Sizing-Machine Operators do?

Sets up and operates battery of machines to compress to size and impregnate paper tubes with linseed oil preparatory to processing into shotgun shell bodies: Selects and measures arbors and dies with micrometers and plug gauges to verify specified size. Installs arbors, arbor shanks, collets, dies, and die holders in machine, using handtools. Examines paper tubes for crushed or torn ends, verifies inside diameter periodically, using plug gauge, and dumps tubes into hopper. Turns valve to circulate oil through die holders and starts machine. Observes machine operation and adjusts oil flow that facilitates passage of tubes through sizing dies and impregnates tube exteriors to waterproof and stiffen them. Clears jammed tubes from dies, arbors, and feed channels, and blows out clogged oil lines with airhose. Replaces tube-filled baskets.

Should I be a Sizing-Machine Operator?

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.
  • Flexible: You're open to change and think variety is the spice of life.
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.

  • Also known as: Continuous-Vulcanizing-Machine Operator, Sizing Machine Operator

    How to become a Sizing-Machine Operator

    Most Sizing-Machine Operators have no higher education and get on-the-job training. Think about earning a Certificate to increase your competitiveness in the field. Chart?chd=s:9gaaaa&chl=no+college+%2891%25%29|certificate+%289%25%29||||&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,91,91
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