Trimmer Operator

Set up and operate machines to reduce shanks of forged bolt blanks.
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Salary Range
$20,000 – $54,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Trimmer Operators do?

Sets up and operates one or more automatic machines to reduce shanks of forged bolt blanks preparatory to thread rolling, and to trim excess metal from bolt-blank heads: Installs dies in machine, using wrenches, rule, and pry bar. Visually sets ram stroke by turning adjusting screw of ram-stroke-controlling arm. Synchronizes knock-out pin with back stroke of ram by turning knock-out pin adjustment screw. Visually adjusts stock transfer arm to feed blanks to transfer finger. Adjusts transfer finger to accommodate stock and centers transfer finger over die opening by turning adjusting screw. Fills feed hopper with bolt blanks and starts machine. Measures shank and head of trial blanks with micrometer or rule and adjusts dies and stops to maintain specified dimensions. May signal worker to fill feed hopper with stock. May set up machine for PRODUCTION-MACHINE TENDER.

Should I be a Trimmer Operator?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • High Achiever: You love the challenge of tackling difficult work.
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.

  • How to become a Trimmer Operator

    Trimmer 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 Trimmer Operator-related education!
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