Tester Operator

Break extruded tubes and rods.
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Salary Range
$20,000 – $56,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Tester Operators do?

Breaks extruded tubes and rods by one or more of following methods and inspects exposed surface for defects, such as bubbles beneath skin of metal resulting from too rapid extrusion: Nicks workpiece, using file or saw, and breaks workpiece at nick by bending back and forth. Saws off piece of tube and holds on table under cone-shaped expander of hydraulic breaker. Starts mechanism to raise table, forcing tube over expander to split sides of tube. Loads coiled rod onto coil tester and pulls end of rod to straighten it. Places end of rod in channel of tester and starts mechanism oscillating to fracture rod. Places rod in machine and actuates wedge to partially cut rod. Twists and bends rod to break off test piece. Examines ends or interior of rods and tubes for bubbles and cuts off defective sections, using circular saw or automatic shears. Gathers and sorts scrap materials according to type of metal. Positions rods and tubes on table of circular saw or shearing machine and cuts them to length. Important variables may be indicated by trade names of machines used or workpiece tested.


Should I be a Tester Operator?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Independent: You enjoy flying solo and doing things your own way.
  • Levelheaded: You hold your emotions in check, even in tough situations.
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.

  • Also known as: Hooker Operator, Jeeper Operator, Quantometer Operator, Stator Tester, Titrator

    How to become a Tester Operator

    Most Tester Operators have no higher education and get on-the-job training. Think about earning a Certificate or Associate's degree to increase your competitiveness in the field. Chart?chd=s:9zcaaa&chl=no+college+%2869%25%29|certificate+%2828%25%29|associate%27s+%283%25%29|||&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,69,69
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