Steel Shot Header Operator

Set up and operate a battery of machines to cold forge BB bullets.
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Salary Range
$22,000 – $47,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Steel Shot Header Operators do?

Sets up and operates battery of machines to cold forge BB shot for air rifles from coils of steel wire: Aligns die halves that form ball on end of wire, using handtools. Turns setscrews and stop nuts to adjust and synchronize cutoff tool, ram stroke, and feeder arm. Threads wire through straightening rollers and feeding mechanism into ram head. Starts machine and observes operation to detect malfunction. Measures shot for conformance to specified tolerances, using micrometer. Sharpens and shapes cutoff tool, using bench grinder.


Should I be a Steel Shot Header Operator?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Ready for a Challenge: You jump into new projects with initiative and drive.
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.

  • Also known as: Cold Header, Cold Header Operator, Header Operator, Header Setup Operator, Header Set-Up Operator See More

    How to Become a
    Steel Shot Header Operator

    Most Steel Shot Header 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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