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Forging Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic - 51-4022.00

O*NET-SOC Description

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
  • Forger
  • Hammer Operator
  • Header Set-Up Operator
  • Machine Operator
  • Process Technician
  • Set Up Technician

SOC Occupation Groups

51-0000 Production Occupations
51-4000 Metal Workers and Plastic Workers
51-4020 Forming Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic
51-4022.00 Forging Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic

Related Occupations


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

Detailed Work Activities

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

Military Crosswalk Titles

  • Advanced Machinery Repairman (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Aircraft Metals Technology (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Aircraft Metals Technology Apprentice (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Aircraft Metals Technology Craftsman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Aircraft Metals Technology Helper (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Aircraft Metals Technology Journeyman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Allied Trades Specialist (Army - Enlisted)
  • Machinery Repairman (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Machinery Repairman Apprentice (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Machinery Repairman Journeyman (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Machinist (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Rubber and Plastics Worker (Navy - Enlisted)

Apprenticeship Crosswalk Titles

  • Die Setter (Forging)
  • Fastener Technologist
  • Forging-Press Operator I
  • Heavy Forger
  • Multi-Operation-Machine Operator

DOT Crosswalk Titles

  • Automatic Casting-Forging Machine Operator
  • Buckshot-Swage Operator
  • Die Setter
  • Drophammer Operator
  • Fastener Technologist
  • Forging-Press Operator I
  • Forging-Press Operator II
  • Forging-Roll Operator
  • Heavy Forger
  • Hydraulic Operator
  • Lever Tender
  • Multi-Operation-Machine Operator
  • Nut Former
  • Roller-Machine Operator
  • Spike-Machine Operator
  • Spring Salvage Worker
  • Steel-Shot-Header Operator
  • Upsetter