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51-4022.00 - 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.

Sample of reported job titles: Blacksmith, Cold Header Operator, Forge Operator, Forge Press Operator, Hammer Operator, Header Set-Up Operator, Machine Operator, Manipulator Operator, Process Technician, Set Up Techncian

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Tasks  |  Tools & Technology  |  Knowledge  |  Skills  |  Abilities  |  Work Activities  |  Detailed Work Activities  |  Work Context  |  Job Zone  |  Education  |  Credentials  |  Interests  |  Work Styles  |  Work Values  |  Related Occupations  |  Wages & Employment  |  Job Openings  |  Additional Information

Tasks

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

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Tools & Technology

Tools used in this occupation:

  • Air hammer forging machine — Hammer forging machinery See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Anvils — Portable anvils See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Belt conveyors — Automatic conveyors See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Bench grinder — Bench grinders See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Calipers — Vernier calipers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Drill press or radial drill — Drill presses; Punch presses; Stationary drill presses; Turret punches See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Drop hammer forging machine — Hydraulic drop forging hammers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Ear plugs — Protective ear plugs See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Facial shields — Face shields See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Feeler gauges — Tapered feeler gauges See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Forge die — Forging dies See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Furnaces — Gas furnaces; Oil furnaces See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Goggles — Safety goggles See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Hammers — Planishing hammers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Hoists — Hoisting devices See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Hydraulic press brake — Flanging machines; Sheet metal press brakes; Sheet metal rolls See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Impression and closed die forging press — Hydraulic forging presses; Mechanical forging presses See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Magnifying glass — Magnifying glasses See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Mallets — Hand mallets See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Metal band sawing machine — Metal band sawing machines See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Metal cutters — Band cutters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Metal shearing machine — Blanking presses; Sheet metal shearing machines See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Micrometers — Digital micrometers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Nibblers — Power nibblers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Overhead crane — Electric overhead traveling EOT cranes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Pneumatic drill — Pneumatic power drills See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Power grinders — Disc grinders See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Power riveter — Power riveters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Power routers — Metal cutting routers; Variable speed routers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Power sanders See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Protective gloves — Safety gloves See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Protractors — Bevel protractors See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Radius gauge — Radial gauges See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Roll forging machines — Automatic roll forging machines; Hydraulic roll forging machines See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Rulers — Precision rulers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Safety shoes — Protective shoes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Screwdrivers — Slotted screwdrivers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Shears See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Squares — Layout squares See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Tinners snips — Straight tinners snips See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Tongs — Forging tongs See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Torque wrenches — Beam type torque wrenches See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Trim press — Hydraulic trim presses See more occupations related to this tool.

Technology used in this occupation:

  • Data base user interface and query software — Data entry software See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Electronic mail software — Email software See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Industrial control software — Machine control software See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Inventory management software — Inventory tracking software See more occupations related to this technology.

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Knowledge

  • Mechanical — Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance. See more occupations related to this 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. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • Mathematics — Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications. See more occupations related to this knowledge.

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Skills

  • Operation Monitoring — Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Operation and Control — Controlling operations of equipment or systems. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • 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. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Critical Thinking — Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Quality Control Analysis — Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Speaking — Talking to others to convey information effectively. See more occupations related to this skill.

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Abilities

  • Near Vision — The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer). See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Control Precision — The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Oral Comprehension — The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Oral Expression — The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Problem Sensitivity — The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Written Comprehension — The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • 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. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Deductive Reasoning — The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Inductive Reasoning — The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events). See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Manual Dexterity — The ability to quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Rate Control — The ability to time your movements or the movement of a piece of equipment in anticipation of changes in the speed and/or direction of a moving object or scene. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Finger Dexterity — The ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Speech Clarity — The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you. See more occupations related to this ability.

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Work Activities

  • Controlling Machines and Processes — Using either control mechanisms or direct physical activity to operate machines or processes (not including computers or vehicles). See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events — Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material — Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials to identify the cause of errors or other problems or defects. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems — Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Getting Information — Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates — Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Performing General Physical Activities — Performing physical activities that require considerable use of your arms and legs and moving your whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling of materials. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Documenting/Recording Information — Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Judging the Qualities of Things, Services, or People — Assessing the value, importance, or quality of things or people. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Handling and Moving Objects — Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings — Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge — Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards — Using relevant information and individual judgment to determine whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Interacting With Computers — Using computers and computer systems (including hardware and software) to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Repairing and Maintaining Mechanical Equipment — Servicing, repairing, adjusting, and testing machines, devices, moving parts, and equipment that operate primarily on the basis of mechanical (not electronic) principles. See more occupations related to this activity.

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Detailed Work Activities

  • Mount attachments or tools onto production equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Select production equipment according to product specifications. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Measure dimensions of completed products or workpieces to verify conformance to specifications. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Trim excess material from workpieces. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Operate cutting equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Study blueprints or other instructions to determine equipment setup requirements. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Exchange information with colleagues. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Remove accessories, tools, or other parts from equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Operate metal or plastic forming equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Operate grinding equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Replace worn equipment components. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Set equipment guides, stops, spacers, or other fixtures. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Conduct test runs of production equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Maintain production or processing equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Repair production equipment or tools. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Maneuver workpieces in equipment during production. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Sharpen cutting or grinding tools. See more occupations related to this activity.

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Work Context

  • Indoors, Not Environmentally Controlled — 80% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Wear Common Protective or Safety Equipment such as Safety Shoes, Glasses, Gloves, Hearing Protection, Hard Hats, or Life Jackets — 82% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Standing — 18% responded “More than half the time.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Sounds, Noise Levels Are Distracting or Uncomfortable See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Pace Determined by Speed of Equipment — 18% responded “Extremely important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Duration of Typical Work Week See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Face-to-Face Discussions — 17% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Using Your Hands to Handle, Control, or Feel Objects, Tools, or Controls — 21% responded “Less than half the time.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Importance of Being Exact or Accurate — 28% responded “Important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Time Pressure — 44% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Frequency of Decision Making — 27% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Consequence of Error — 36% responded “Extremely serious.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Exposed to Contaminants — 34% responded “Never.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Responsible for Others' Health and Safety — 29% responded “High responsibility.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Level of Competition — 94% responded “Moderately competitive.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Work With Work Group or Team — 17% responded “Extremely important.” See more occupations related to this work context.

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Job Zone

Title Job Zone Two: Some Preparation Needed
Education These occupations usually require a high school diploma.
Related 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.
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.
Job Zone Examples These occupations often involve using your knowledge and skills to help others. Examples include sheet metal workers, forest fire fighters, customer service representatives, physical therapist aides, salespersons (retail), and tellers.
SVP Range (4.0 to < 6.0)

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Education


Percentage of Respondents
Education Level Required
95   High school diploma or equivalent Help
3   Less than high school diploma
1   Post-secondary certificate Help

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Credentials

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Interests

Interest code: RCI

  • Realistic — Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others. See more occupations related to this interest.
  • Conventional — Conventional occupations frequently involve following set procedures and routines. These occupations can include working with data and details more than with ideas. Usually there is a clear line of authority to follow. See more occupations related to this interest.
  • Investigative — Investigative occupations frequently involve working with ideas, and require an extensive amount of thinking. These occupations can involve searching for facts and figuring out problems mentally. See more occupations related to this interest.

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Work Styles

  • Dependability — Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Attention to Detail — Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Cooperation — Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Independence — Job requires developing one's own ways of doing things, guiding oneself with little or no supervision, and depending on oneself to get things done. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Self Control — Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Initiative — Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Persistence — Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Concern for Others — Job requires being sensitive to others' needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Integrity — Job requires being honest and ethical. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Stress Tolerance — Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Achievement/Effort — Job requires establishing and maintaining personally challenging achievement goals and exerting effort toward mastering tasks. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Adaptability/Flexibility — Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Analytical Thinking — Job requires analyzing information and using logic to address work-related issues and problems. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Innovation — Job requires creativity and alternative thinking to develop new ideas for and answers to work-related problems. See more occupations related to this work style.

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Work Values

  • Support — Occupations that satisfy this work value offer supportive management that stands behind employees. Corresponding needs are Company Policies, Supervision: Human Relations and Supervision: Technical. See more occupations related to this work value.
  • Relationships — Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to provide service to others and work with co-workers in a friendly non-competitive environment. Corresponding needs are Co-workers, Moral Values and Social Service. See more occupations related to this work value.
  • Working Conditions — Occupations that satisfy this work value offer job security and good working conditions. Corresponding needs are Activity, Compensation, Independence, Security, Variety and Working Conditions. See more occupations related to this work value.

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Wages & Employment Trends

Median wages (2014) $16.21 hourly, $33,710 annual
State wages Local Salary Info
 
Employment (2012) 23,000 employees
Projected growth (2012-2022) Decline (-3% or lower) Decline (-3% or lower)
Projected job openings (2012-2022) 4,300
State trends Employment Trends
 
Top industries (2012)

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2014 wage data external site and 2012-2022 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2012-2022). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.

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