Wad Printing Machine Operator

Tend automatic machines that print identifying data on top wad.
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Salary Range
$20,000 – $54,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Wad Printing Machine Operators do?

Tends automatic machines that print identifying data on top wad used in shotgun shells: Fills ink reservoir. Selects printing rollers or die set according to work order and installs them in machine, using handtools. Scoops blank wads from supply trough onto grooved board and shakes board to arrange wads in grooves. Tilts board and slides stacks of wads from grooves into feed tubes. Sets feed tube in machine or fills hopper with blank wads, using scoop. Starts machine and examines wads for clarity of printing. Cleans type, using brush and solvent, or replaces worn dies to obtain clear impression. Weighs containers of printed wads and records amount of each type printed. Loads feed tubes with printed wads, using shaker board, for use in shell-loading machines.


Should I be a Wad Printing Machine 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.
  • Persistent: You keep pushing through, even when faced with tough obstacles.
  • Calm Under Pressure: You keep your cool when dealing with highly stressful situations.

  • How to Become a
    Wad Printing Machine Operator

    Wad Printing 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 Wad Printing Machine Operator-related education!
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