Also known as Blacksmith, Cold Header Operator, Forge Operator, Forge Press Operator, Forger, Hammer Operator, Header Set-Up Operator, Machine Operator, Process Technician, Set Up Technician
Also known as Blacksmith, Cold Header Operator, Forge Operator
Forge Operators set up, operate, or tend forging machines to taper, shape, or form metal or plastic parts.
Forge Operators are often responsible for overseeing or executing some or all of the following tasks:
The above responsibilities are specific to Forge Operators. More generally, Forge Operators are involved in several broader types of activities:
The median salary for a Forge Operator is $41,430, and the average salary is $43,480. Both the median and average roughly describe the middle of the Forge Operator salary range, but the average is more easily affected by extremely high or low salaries.
Many Forge Operators earn significantly more or less than the average, due to several factors. About 10% of Forge Operators earn less than $28,180 per year, 25% earn less than $33,790, 75% earn less than $52,420, and 90% earn less than $62,550.
Between the years of 2020 and 2030, the number of Forge Operators is expected to change by -13.1%, and there should be roughly 1,100 open positions for Forge Operators every year.
Career interests describe a person's preferences for different types of working environments and activities. When a person's interest match the demands of an occupation, people are usually more engaged and satisfied in that role.
Compared to most occupations, those who work as a Forge Operator are usually higher in their Realistic and Conventional interests.
Forge Operators typically have very strong Realistic interests. 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.
Also, Forge Operators typically have moderate Conventional interests. 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.
People differ in their values, or what is most important to them for building job satisfaction and fulfillment.
Compared to most people, those working as a Forge Operator tend to value Support, Relationships, and Working Conditions.
Most importantly, Forge Operators strongly value Support. Occupations that satisfy this work value offer supportive management that stands behind employees.
Second, Forge Operators moderately 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.
Lastly, Forge Operators somewhat value Working Conditions. Occupations that satisfy this work value offer job security and good working conditions.
Each occupation brings its own set of psychological demands, which describe the characteristics necessary to perform the job well.
In order to perform their job successfully, people who work as Forge Operators must consistently demonstrate qualities such as attention to detail, dependability, and cooperation.
Below, you'll find a list of qualities typically required of Forge Operators, ranked by importance:
Working as a Forge Operator usually requires a high school diploma.
Forge Operators need anywhere from a few months to one year of working with experienced employees. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with this occupation.
Forge Operators may benefit from understanding of specialized subject areas, such as production and processing, mathematics, or education and training knowledge.
The list below shows several areas in which most Forge Operators might want to build proficiency, ranked by importance.
Forge Operators must develop a particular set of abilities to perform their job well. Abilities are individual capacities that influence a person's information processing, sensory perception, motor coordination, and physical strength or endurance. Individuals may naturally have certain abilities without explicit training, but most abilities can be sharpened somewhat through practice.
For example, Forge Operators need abilities such as near vision, oral comprehension, and written comprehension in order to perform their job at a high level. The list below shows several important abilities for Forge Operators, ranked by their relative importance.
Skills are developed capacities that enable people to function effectively in real-world settings. Unlike abilities, skills are typically easier to build through practice and experience. Skills influence effectiveness in areas such as learning, working with others, design, troubleshooting, and more.
Forge Operators frequently use skills like operations monitoring, active listening, and reading comprehension to perform their job effectively. The list below shows several critical skills for Forge Operators, ranked by their relative importance.
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