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Forging Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic

Set up, operate, or tend forging machines to taper, shape, or form metal or plastic parts.

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    Work Activities

    Work Activities

    • Read work orders or blueprints to determine specified tolerances and sequences of operations for machine setup.
    • Position and move metal wires or workpieces through a series of dies that compress and shape stock to form die impressions.
    • Measure and inspect machined parts to ensure conformance to product specifications.
    • Set up, operate, or tend presses and forging machines to perform hot or cold forging by flattening, straightening, bending, cutting, piercing, or other operations to taper, shape, or form metal.
    • Turn handles or knobs to set pressures and depths of ram strokes and to synchronize machine operations.
    • Install, adjust, and remove dies, synchronizing cams, forging hammers, and stop guides, using overhead cranes or other hoisting devices, and hand tools.
    • Start machines to produce sample workpieces, and observe operations to detect machine malfunctions and to verify that machine setups conform to specifications.
    • Confer with other workers about machine setups and operational specifications.
    • Trim and compress finished forgings to specified tolerances.
    • Remove dies from machines when production runs are finished.
    • Repair, maintain, and replace parts on dies.
    • Select, align, and bolt positioning fixtures, stops, and specified dies to rams and anvils, forging rolls, or presses and hammers.
    • Sharpen cutting tools and drill bits, using bench grinders.

    Skills

    • Operations Monitoring

      Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.

    • Active Listening

      Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

    • Monitoring

      Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

    WorkKeys®

    Applied Math
    4
    Workplace Documents
    4
    Graphic Literacy
    4

    Abilities

    • Near Vision

      The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).

    • Oral Comprehension

      The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.

    • Arm-Hand Steadiness

      The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.

    Knowledge

    • Production and Processing

      Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.

    • Mathematics

      Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.

    • Education and Training

      Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

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    Pay

    • Ohio Annual Salary 41010/yr
    • Typical Salary
    • Ohio Hourly Wage 19.72/hr
    • Typical Hourly Wage

    Ohio Employment Trends

    • Currently Employed 1,110
    • Yearly Projected Openings 70

    Typical Education

    Personality

    Realistic: People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They do well at jobs that need:
    • Attention to Detail
    • Dependability
    • Cooperation
    • Integrity
    • Self Control
    • Adaptability/Flexibility

    Tools

    • Metal shearing machine
    • Impression and closed die forging press
    • Hydraulic press brake
    • Furnaces
    • Drill press or radial drill

    Technology

    • Inventory management software
    • Industrial control software
    • Electronic mail software
    • Data base user interface and query software

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