Swaging Machine Operator

Tend a battery of swaging machines that form wires into bullets.
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Salary Range
$18,000 – $49,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Swaging Machine Operators do?

Tends battery of automatic swaging machines that form lead wire or slugs into bullets or cores for jacketed bullets: Threads lead wire from reel over takeup pulleys and through feed mechanism and between forming wheels, or fills machine hopper with cylindrical lead slugs. Starts machine and observes feeding, forming, and ejecting mechanisms to detect malfunction. Examines finished pieces for malformation and scratches. Verifies weight, contour, and dimensions, using balance scale and fixed gauges. Mixes oil and kerosene in prescribed proportion and fills machine wells to lubricate lead wire or slugs. Notifies SWAGING-MACHINE ADJUSTER of machine malfunction. May make minor adjustments, such as replacing worn dies, using handtools.


Should I be a Swaging Machine Operator?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.
  • Levelheaded: You hold your emotions in check, even in tough situations.
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.

  • Also known as: Bullet-Swaging-Machine Operator

    How to become a Swaging Machine Operator

    Swaging Machine 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 Swaging Machine Operator-related education!
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