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Press Brake Operator

Location: 

Woodward, OK, US, 73801

Company:  9127-Applied US Energy-Oklahoma, LLC

Press brake operators produce parts and tools from metal, plastic or other materials using a press brake, a computer numeric controlled (CNC) piece of equipment that makes precision bends, punches, or cuts into material. Press brake operators look at blueprints or plans for the finished product, make adjustments to the machine to control speed, material feed and path of the cut, as well as make sure the machines are set up properly, working well, and producing quality product. They make sure their machines are working at full capacity, are stocked with needed materials, well-maintained and perform periodic checks on output. They look at the finished product to ensure it is defect-free and ready for the next step in production.

 

WHAT ARE THE EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS?

Press brake operators can gain skills through vocational schools, technical colleges or community college programs, or apprenticeships. Typically, it takes 4-5 years of combined education and on-the-job training to become fully trained. To excel, press brake operators need many years of experience and must show aptitude for math, problem-solving and computer skills. Certification is available.

 

JOB SKILLS AND REQUIREMENTS

  • Math Skills: Good math skills will help press brake operators understand complex instructions, how schematics work and make sure items are designed and built correctly.
  • Problem Solving Skills: Press brake operators will need to know why machines are not at peak performance, how to increase output and how to fix errors.
  • Attention to Detail: Press brakes are precision equipment. Being off by millimeters could be a critical error. Keen attention to detail is required.
  • Mechanical and Technical Skills: Machines controlled by computers will need operators who understand CAD/CAM technology.
  • Stamina: Press brake operators often work long hours doing repetitive movements

Applied US Energy, Inc., a subsidiary of Applied Industrial Technologies, is a distributor of products, services and expertise to customers in the upstream and midstream segments of the oil & gas industry. Production equipment includes pumps, valves, metering devices, and more; value-added services encompass design, repair, and testing, to name just a few. Applied US Energy operates from locations in Texas, New Mexico, Louisiana and Colorado, and includes the well-known oil & gas companies Reliance Industrial Products, Knox Oil Field Supply, Ira Pump & Supply, and affiliate Texas Oilpatch Services.

Parent company Applied Industrial Technologies is a leading distributor of bearings, power transmission products, engineered fluid power, specialty flow control solutions, and other industrial supplies, serving MRO and OEM customers in virtually every industry. In addition, Applied provides engineering, design and systems integration for industrial and fluid power applications, as well as customized mechanical, fabricated rubber, fluid power, and flow control shop services. Applied also offers storeroom services and inventory management solutions that provide added value to its customers.


Nearest Major Market: Oklahoma

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