Stretcher-Leveler Operator

Operate machines to stretch metal sheets, strips, or rods.
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Quick Stats


Salary Range
$20,000 – $54,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Stretcher-Leveler Operators do?

Operates machine to stretch metal sheet, strip, or rod to specified length or flatness, or correct extrusion twist and contour defects: Adjusts stretcher blocks to size of metal, using wrench. Lifts and positions material in stationary vise. Measures metal and compares dimensions to those specified to determine stretch required, using micrometer, tape measure, and tolerance tables. Moves controls to clamp metal in stretcher jaws and starts machine to stretch material. Verifies amount of stretch by visual inspection or meter readings attached to vises. Removes metal and places it on level table to test flatness. Records crew time and production record.


Should I be a Stretcher-Leveler 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.
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.
  • Ready for a Challenge: You jump into new projects with initiative and drive.

  • How to Become a
    Stretcher-Leveler Operator

    Stretcher-Leveler 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 Stretcher-Leveler Operator-related education!
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