Spike Machine Operator

Set up and operate machines to forge boat from heated steel rods.
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Quick Stats


Salary Range
$22,000 – $47,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Spike Machine Operators do?

Sets up and operates machine to forge boat and track spikes from heated steel rods: Installs and adjusts forging hammer, squeezing dies, and stop guides, according to specifications, using rule and handtools. Adjusts temperature controls of furnace in which rods are heated depending on color of heated rod. Moves lever or depresses pedal to discharge malformed spikes and waste end of rod into receptacle. Grasps spike with tongs, observes shape of head, and measures spike with gauge to ensure that it conforms to specifications. Directs SPIKE-MACHINE FEEDER when setting up equipment. May replace and repair worn and broken parts of machine and conveyor system.


Should I be a Spike 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.
  • Independent: You enjoy flying solo and doing things your own way.
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.

  • Also known as: Die Machine Operator, Expander Machine Operator, Header Machine Operator, Rotary-Swaging-Machine Operator See More

    How to become a Spike Machine Operator

    Most Spike 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:9baaaa&chl=no+college+%2898%25%29|certificate+%282%25%29||||&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,98,98
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