Sets up, operates, or tends forging machines to taper, shape, or form metal or plastic parts.
This career is part of the Manufacturing cluster Production/Process Technology pathway.
A person in this career:
- Reads work orders or blueprints to determine specified tolerances and sequences of operations for machine setup.
- Positions and moves metal wires or workpieces through a series of dies that compress and shape stock to form die impressions.
- Measures and inspects machined parts to ensure conformance to product specifications.
- Sets up, operates, or tends 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.
- Turns handles or knobs to set pressures and depths of ram strokes and to synchronize machine operations.
- Installs, adjusts, and removes dies, synchronizing cams, forging hammers, and stop guides, using overhead cranes or other hoisting devices, and hand tools.
- Starts machines to produce sample workpieces, and observes operations to detect machine malfunctions and to verify that machine setups conform to specifications.
- Confers with other workers about machine setups and operational specifications.
- Trims and compresses finished forgings to specified tolerances.
- Removes dies from machines when production runs are finished.