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Press Operator

Job Description

    • Assists in coordinating shift line up of orders derived from Extrusion Supervisors daily Press Schedule.

    • Responsible for the operation of an extrusion press.

    • Sets heat in zones of billet oven for proper preheating of billet. 

    • Assists in coordinating with material handler of alloy selection for the shift.

    • Sets billet length and butt – end length per LPL instruction.

    • Monitors run - out length and records on to Press Operator Report.

    • Monitors extrusion practices such as exit temperature, cool down rates.

    • Sets press parameters per instruction of LPL, Team Leader or Supervision.

    • Will at times perform dimensional checks of extrusion and compares to customer print. Makes decision to proceed with extruding die or stopping of extrusion.
    • Fills out Press Operator Report.
    • Ensures material being produced is free of tearing, die lines, snap marks or pickup.
    • Involved in Hydro continuous improvement initiatives. ( run speeds & recovery )
    • Actively involved with EPM process.
    • Fills in for Team Leader when needed.
    • Communicates any maintenance or safety issues to Management.

    May participate in TPM activities.

  • Must be able to complete Shift Efficiency Reports.

Job Requirements

  • Must have a high school diploma or GED
  • Knowledge of the aluminum extrusion business.
  • Demonstrated leadership ability.
  • Computer and math skills a must.
  • Must be able to perform production work as needed and work overtime as required.
  • Good organization, prioritization and multi-tasking skills.
  • Strong interpersonal and communications skills.
  • Must have proficient knowledge of use of measuring tools. I.e. calipers, micrometers, gauges etc.




  •  Associates degree in business or equivalent coursework.

  • Experience as an aluminum extrusion supervisor/leader strongly preferred.
  • Experience with lean/continuous improvement/six sigma
  • Computer software experiences a plus.

Job Snapshot

Base Pay $15,000.00 - $21,000.00 /Year
Employment Type Full-Time
Job Type Manufacturing
Education Not Specified
Experience Not Specified
Manages Others Not Specified
Industry Manufacturing
Required Travel Not Specified
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Press Operator

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