A brake press operator uses an electrically powered industrial machine to create, shape and customise metal and plastic materials into a variety of forms dictated by the manufacturer. She is required to read and interpret detailed and complex instructions to produce the desired forms. Her job typically includes the maintenance of the machines she operates.
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Exemplary motor skills are required for the position, as brake press machines have multiple settings and levers that must be adjusted for each job and quickly manipulated through the steps of creating finished products. A brake press operator must have good analytical and mathematical skills to interpret drawings, templates, drawings and blueprints that accompany each project. His job requires reading gauges and other measurement tools to determine and apply principals of geometric tolerances. He has to be able to effectively use hand tools power tools like hammers, anvils and grinders to put the finishing touches on his work. Good organizational skills are needed to collect and arrange his materials prior to starting each job.
Producing materials according to specifications and on schedule are the main focuses of a brake press operator. She must be cognizant of how different materials react to pressure, heat and shaping procedures. Her job requires her to inspect the materials she produces for quality and conformance prior to their release to the end-users and correct any inconsistencies. A brake press operator is expected to keep her machinery and work area clean and orderly.
This job can be performed in a small or large manufacturing or production plant. In some cases, shift work is required. The environment is industrial in nature, normally noisy and sparsely decorated. Casual attire is commonly acceptable for brake press operators. Protective clothing, eyewear and gloves are normally required to work as a brake press operator.
There are normally no specific educational requirements for this position. However, excellent skills in math and operating complex computerised machinery are required and are typically learnt through prior experience as a brake press or power press operator. Knowledge of reading and interpreting highly detailed instructions are strongly preferred for job applicants. Good oral and written communication skills are desirable.
Salary and Advancement Opportunities
In large plants, a brake press operator may have chances to advance to a supervisory position. Smaller operations commonly have fewer advancement options. Based on information from payscale.com, the salary range in June 2010 in the United States for this position was between £15,759 and £22,055.
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