Forging Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic
SOC: 51-4022.00

Description:

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


National Salary Information:

Hourly Statistics:

Annual Statistics:

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 wage data.


Employment Projections:

Employment (2014):
21,600 employed

Projected (2024):
17,000 employed

Projected growth (2014-2024)


Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 2014-2024 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2014-2024). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.


Alternate Titles:

  • Air Table Operator
  • Anvil Seating Press Operator
  • Automatic Casting-Forging Machine Operator
  • Blacksmith
  • Board Hammer Operator
  • Bolt Machine Operator
  • Buckshot Swage Operator
  • Bulldozer Operator
  • Bulldozer Press Operator
  • Cage Maker
  • Charging Manipulator
  • Cold Header
  • Cold Header Operator
  • Die Caster
  • Die Forger
  • Die Holder
  • Die Machine Operator
  • Die Setter
  • Drop Count Associate
  • Drop Forge Hand
  • Drop Forge Operator
  • Drop Forger
  • Drop Hammer Set Up Operator
  • Drophammer Operator
  • Dropper
  • Expander
  • Expander Machine Operator
  • Fastener Technologist
  • Forge Hand
  • Forge Operator
  • Forge Press Operator
  • Forge Tender
  • Forger
  • Forgesmith
  • Forging Machine Hand
  • Forging Machine Operator
  • Forging Operator
  • Forging Press Operator
  • Forging Roll Operator
  • Gang Punch Operator
  • Hammer Driver
  • Hammer Operator
  • Hammer Runner
  • Hammersmith
  • Header Machine Operator
  • Header Operator
  • Header Set-Up Operator
  • Header Setup Operator
  • Heat Reader
  • Heat Set Operator
  • Heavy Forger
  • Heavy Forging Machine Operator
  • Hydraulic Operator
  • Injection Molding Operator
  • Insert Molding Operator
  • Keel Press Operator
  • Knuckler
  • Lever Operator
  • Lever Tender
  • Machine Operator
  • Manipulator Operator
  • Manufacturing Assistant
  • Manufacturing Associate
  • Manufacturing Operator
  • Mold Technician
  • Molding Operator
  • Multi Operation Machine Operator
  • Nut Former
  • Operator
  • Planishing Hammer Operator
  • Plastic Molding Operator
  • Plastic Process Technician
  • Plastic Shaper
  • Power Hammer Operator
  • Press Operator
  • Process Technician
  • Restrike Hammer Operator
  • Ring Roller Operator
  • Rivet Maker
  • Roller Machine Operator
  • Set Up Mold Technician
  • Set Up Operator
  • Set Up Techncian
  • Spike Machine Operator
  • Spike Maker
  • Spring Fitter
  • Spring Forger
  • Spring Salvage Worker
  • Steam Hammer Operator
  • Steel Shot Header Operator
  • Swager
  • Swager Operator
  • Swaging Machine Operator
  • Upset Operator
  • Upsetter
  • Upsetting Machine Operator


  • Job Zone Two: Some Preparation Needed

    Experience:

    Some previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is usually needed. For example, a teller would benefit from experience working directly with the public.

    Education:

    These occupations usually require a high school diploma.

    Job Training:

    Employees in these occupations need anywhere from a few months to one year of working with experienced employees. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.


    Required Skills:

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Active Listening
  • Writing
  • Speaking
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Critical Thinking
  • Active Learning
  • Learning Strategies
  • Monitoring
  • Social Perceptiveness
  • Coordination
  • Persuasion
  • Negotiation
  • Instructing
  • Service Orientation
  • Complex Problem Solving
  • Operations Analysis
  • Technology Design
  • Equipment Selection
  • Operation Monitoring
  • Operation and Control
  • Equipment Maintenance
  • Troubleshooting
  • Repairing
  • Quality Control Analysis
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Systems Analysis
  • Systems Evaluation
  • Time Management
  • Management of Material Resources
  • Management of Personnel Resources

  • Knowledge Used:

  • Administration and Management
  • Clerical
  • Economics and Accounting
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Personnel and Human Resources
  • Production and Processing
  • Computers and Electronics
  • Engineering and Technology
  • Design
  • Building and Construction
  • Mechanical
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Psychology
  • Medicine and Dentistry
  • Education and Training
  • English Language
  • Philosophy and Theology
  • Public Safety and Security
  • Law and Government
  • Telecommunications
  • Communications and Media
  • Transportation


  • Tasks:

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

  • Tools & Technology:

  • Automatic conveyors
  • Automatic roll forging machines
  • Band cutters
  • Beam type torque wrenches
  • Bench grinders
  • Bevel protractors
  • Blanking presses
  • Digital micrometers
  • Disc grinders
  • Drill presses
  • Electric overhead traveling EOT cranes
  • Face shields
  • Flanging machines
  • Forging dies
  • Forging tongs
  • Gas furnaces
  • Hammer forging machinery
  • Hand mallets
  • Hoisting devices
  • Hydraulic drop forging hammers
  • Hydraulic forging presses
  • Hydraulic roll forging machines
  • Hydraulic trim presses
  • Layout squares
  • Magnifying glasses
  • Mechanical forging presses
  • Metal band sawing machines
  • Metal cutting routers
  • Oil furnaces
  • Planishing hammers
  • Pneumatic power drills
  • Portable anvils
  • Power nibblers
  • Power riveters
  • Power sanders
  • Precision rulers
  • Protective ear plugs
  • Protective shoes
  • Punch presses
  • Radial gauges
  • Safety gloves
  • Safety goggles
  • Shears
  • Sheet metal press brakes
  • Sheet metal rolls
  • Sheet metal shearing machines
  • Slotted screwdrivers
  • Stationary drill presses
  • Straight tinners snips
  • Tapered feeler gauges
  • Turret punches
  • Variable speed routers
  • Vernier calipers
  • Data entry software
  • Email software
  • Inventory tracking software
  • Machine control software


  • production


    industry stats

    SOC: 51-0000

    Total Employed: 9,073,290

    Average Annual Salary: $36,220