Heavy-Duty Press Operator: Prepares and... [+] More
Heavy-Duty Press Operator: Prepares and operates heavy-duty power press to bend, form, stretch, and straighten metal plates, metal extrusions, formed sheet metal, structural shapes, forgings, and weldments as specified by blueprints, layout, and templates.
Applies knowledge of physical properties of metal to plan sequence of operations. Measures and sights along work piece, using tape, rule, straightedge, and transit, to mark reference lines. Selects and positions flat, V-block, radius, or special purpose die sets into ram and bed of machine, using jib or crane. Aligns and bolts dies to ram and bed of machine, using gauges, templates, feelers, shims, and wrenches. Turns handwheel or levers to set depth and pressure of ram stroke. Preheats work piece in furnace, using hand torch. Lifts and positions work piece between dies of machine, using jib or crane and sledge. Starts machine to lower ram that bends or straightens work piece between dies. Repositions work piece and changes dies when making multiple or successive passes. Hand forms or finishes work piece, using hand sledge and anvil. Grinds out burrs and sharp edges, using portable grinder. Inspects and marks job number on finished work piece. May bend or straighten cold metal. May set dies to punch and blank heavy metal. May operate horizontal power press to bend or straighten long pieces of bar stock or structural shapes. May operate press equipped with two or more rams to bend angles or flanges or bend to radius by successive passes; or operate multiple acting hydraulic press to perform deep progressive and reverse draw operations of sheet metal. (Source: eDOT Job Description) [-] Less
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