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Working As A Press Brake Operator

  • Getting Information
  • Controlling Machines and Processes
  • Handling and Moving Objects
  • Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material
  • Performing General Physical Activities
  • Outdoors/walking/standing

  • $31,280

    Average Salary

What Does A Press Brake Operator Do At Johnson Controls

* Selects, positions, and aligns dies in machine ram and bed.
* Turns setscrews or bolts to fasten clamp bar that holds dies in position.
* Turns adjustment screws to set specified pressure of ram and clearance between dies to thickness of metal.
* Lays out or details layout on work stock from blueprints or templates.
* Positions work piece to align layout marks or to backstop.
* Starts machine to lower ram or depresses pedal to activate ram that bends metal.
* Sets stops on machine bed and repositions stock to run successive pieces, or to perform multiple operations.
* Verifies dimensions of work piece.
* Other duties may be assigned.
* This job has no supervisory responsibilities

What Does A Press Brake Operator Do At Team Staffing Solutions, Inc.

* Applicant must have press brake experience in a production, manufacturing environment, possess knowledge of manufacturing principles and techniques, be experienced in the operations and setup of various manufacturing machinery including press brakes
* Must be able to read and interpret blue prints, understand geometric dimensioning and tolerancing, be able to do your own setups, be able to inspect your own parts, follow written and oral instructions, and work in a team environment
* Work from blue prints, drawings, process instructions and job setup sheets
* Layout and inspect parts using varying inspection equipment and techniques including but not limited to calipers, height gauges, angle gauges, indicators, and functional gauges.
* Must have the tools to do the job, including measurement tools, and standard manufacturing tools
* Pre-employment criminal background check and drug screen

What Does A Press Brake Operator Do At Volt Information Sciences

* Plans machine operation by studying work orders, blueprints, specifications and interpreting geometric dimensions and tolerances
* Loads proper tooling into press brake; calculates requirements for piece production, including basic math, and geometry
* Verifies settings by measuring positions, first-run part, and sample work pieces
* Maintains specifications while operating machine, taking measurements; detecting errors; adjusting controls; adhering to safety procedures and regulations
* Maintains equipment by completing preventative maintenance requirements; following manufacturer's instructions; alerting management of major repairs
* Promotes a teamwork attitude and is able to communicate clearly to management including actions, irregularities and continuing needs
* Accomplishes organization goals as set by employee with management team
* Ability to multitask in a job shop atmosphere
* Explores opportunities to add value in a Lean manufacturing environment
* Must be familiar and able to setup and operate other sheet metal forming/ punching/ shearing equipment as job requirements demand

What Does A Press Brake Operator Do At Kelly Services

* Determines and prepares any jigs or special attachments that would be needed.
* Read and interpret blueprints or drawings
* Uses protractors, calipers and other precision measuring tools to ensure in-process or that finished product matches specified tolerances.
* Set up and operate equipment such as a laser.
* Determines and corrects minor machine malfunctions and performs routine machine maintenance.
* Occassionally will perform adjustments to machinery according to test evaluations

What Does A Press Brake Operator Do At Randstad

* Reads and follows procedures on customer work order daily.
* Maintains and ensures press equipment is clean and in proper operating condition daily.
* Collaborates with staff regarding pre-press functions as needed.
* Fills out production paperwork and inspection procedures on a daily basis.
* Reports any concerns or discrepancies to management.
* Maintains tools, gages and equipment in a clean, orderly and safe manner.
* Complies with company policies and procedures giving special attention to safety regulations.
* Performs other related duties as assigned.
* Working hours: 6:00am
* pm

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How To Become A Press Brake Operator

A few months of on-the-job training is enough for most workers to learn basic machine operations, but 1 year or more is required to become proficient. Computer-controlled machine workers may need more training.


Employers prefer metal and plastic machine workers who have a high school diploma. Prospective workers can improve their employment opportunities by completing high school courses in computer programming and vocational technology, and by gaining a working knowledge of the properties of metals and plastics. Having a sturdy math background, including taking courses in algebra, geometry, trigonometry, and basic statistics, is also useful.

Some community colleges and other schools offer courses and certificate programs in operating metal and plastics machines.


Machine operator trainees usually begin by watching and helping experienced workers on the job. Under supervision, they may start by supplying materials, starting and stopping the machines, or by removing finished products. Then they advance to more difficult tasks that operators perform, such as adjusting feed speeds, changing cutting tools, and inspecting a finished product for defects. Eventually, some develop the skills and experience to set up machines and help newer operators.

The complexity of the equipment usually determines the time required to become an operator. Some operators and tenders learn basic machine operations and functions in a few months, but other workers, such as computer-controlled machine tool operators, may need a year or more to become proficient.

Some employers prefer to hire workers who either have completed or are enrolled in a training program.

As the manufacturing process continues to utilize more computerized machinery, knowledge of computer-aided design (CAD), computer-aided manufacturing (CAM), and computer numerically controlled (CNC) machines can be helpful.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Certification can show competence and professionalism and can be helpful for advancement. The National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS) offers certification in numerous metalworking specializations.


Advancement usually includes higher pay and more responsibilities. With experience and expertise, workers can become trainees for more advanced positions. It is common for machine operators to move into setup or machinery maintenance positions. Setup workers may become industrial machinery mechanics and maintenance workers, or machinists or tool and die makers.

Experienced workers with good communication and analytical skills may move into supervisory positions.

Important Qualities

Computer skills. Metal and plastic machine workers must often be able to use programmable devices, computers, and robots on the factory floor.

Dexterity. Metal and plastic machine workers who work in metal and plastic machined goods manufacturing use precise hand movements to make the necessary shapes, cuts, and edges that designs require.

Mechanical skills. Metal and plastic machine workers set up and operate machinery. They must be comfortable working with machines and have a good understanding of how the machines and all their parts work.

Physical stamina. Metal and plastic machine workers must be able to stand for long periods and perform repetitive work.

Physical strength. Metal and plastic machine workers must be strong enough to guide and load heavy and bulky parts and materials into machines.

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Top Skills for A Press Brake Operator


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Top Press Brake Operator Skills

  1. CNC Press Brake
  2. New Parts
  3. Setup
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Worked closely with engineers and management to implement new machining in CNC press brake operations.
  • Performed and created own setups as well as new set-ups for new parts being manufactured.
  • Press Brake setup with shearing and punching.
  • Complied with of all internal and OSHA required safety procedures and maintain high standards of housekeeping in respective areas.
  • Program and operate a 130-ton press brake to bend steel parts before being welded.

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