Job Profile:      Adjuster

Set up, operate, or tend machines to saw, cut, shear, slit, punch, crimp, notch, bend, or straighten metal or plastic material.

Job Information
30,280 38,370 63,200

Select Tasks
Examine completed workpieces for defects, such as chipped edges or marred surfaces and sort defective pieces according to types of flaws. Read work orders or production schedules to determine specifications, such as materials to be used, locations of cutting lines, or dimensions and tolerances. Load workpieces, plastic material, or chemical solutions into machines.
Set up, operate, or tend machines to saw, cut, shear, slit, punch, crimp, notch, bend, or straighten metal or plastic material. Start machines, monitor their operations, and record operational data. Test and adjust machine speeds or actions, according to product specifications, using gauges and hand tools.
Install, align, and lock specified punches, dies, cutting blades, or other fixtures in rams or beds of machines, using gauges, templates, feelers, shims, and hand tools. Clean and lubricate machines. Position, align, and secure workpieces against fixtures or stops on machine beds or on dies.
Scribe reference lines on workpieces as guides for cutting operations, according to blueprints, templates, sample parts, or specifications. Set blade tensions, heights, and angles to perform prescribed cuts, using wrenches. Adjust ram strokes of presses to specified lengths, using hand tools.
Place workpieces on cutting tables, manually or using hoists, cranes, or sledges. Position guides, stops, holding blocks, or other fixtures to secure and direct workpieces, using hand tools and measuring devices. Thread ends of metal coils from reels through slitters and secure ends on recoilers.
Turn valves to start flow of coolant against cutting areas or to start airflow that blows cuttings away from kerfs. Set stops on machine beds, change dies, and adjust components, such as rams or power presses, when making multiple or successive passes. Lubricate workpieces with oil.
Replace defective blades or wheels, using hand tools. Mark identifying data on workpieces. Turn controls to set cutting speeds, feed rates, or table angles for specified operations.
Plan sequences of operations, applying knowledge of physical properties of workpiece materials. Hand-form, cut, or finish workpieces, using tools such as table saws, hand sledges, or anvils. Grind out burrs or sharp edges, using portable grinders, speed lathes, or polishing jacks.
Sharpen dulled blades, using bench grinders, abrasive wheels, or lathes. Remove housings, feed tubes, tool holders, or other accessories to replace worn or broken parts, such as springs or bushings. Hone cutters with oilstones to remove nicks.
Select, clean, and install spacers, rubber sleeves, or cutters on arbors. Preheat workpieces, using heating furnaces or hand torches. Clean work area.
Operate forklifts to deliver materials.

Select Abilities
The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing. The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand. The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
The ability to come up with a number of ideas about a topic (the number of ideas is important, not their quality, correctness, or creativity). The ability to come up with unusual or clever ideas about a given topic or situation, or to develop creative ways to solve a problem. The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense. The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events). The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways. The ability to choose the right mathematical methods or formulas to solve a problem. The ability to add, subtract, multiply, or divide quickly and correctly.
The ability to remember information such as words, numbers, pictures, and procedures. The ability to quickly make sense of, combine, and organize information into meaningful patterns. The ability to identify or detect a known pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) that is hidden in other distracting material.
The ability to quickly and accurately compare similarities and differences among sets of letters, numbers, objects, pictures, or patterns. The things to be compared may be presented at the same time or one after the other. This ability also includes comparing a presented object with a remembered object. The ability to know your location in relation to the environment or to know where other objects are in relation to you. The ability to imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged.
The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted. The ability to shift back and forth between two or more activities or sources of information (such as speech, sounds, touch, or other sources). The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.
The ability to quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects. The ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects. The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.
The ability to coordinate two or more limbs (for example, two arms, two legs, or one leg and one arm) while sitting, standing, or lying down. It does not involve performing the activities while the whole body is in motion. The ability to choose quickly between two or more movements in response to two or more different signals (lights, sounds, pictures). It includes the speed with which the correct response is started with the hand, foot, or other body part. The ability to time your movements or the movement of a piece of equipment in anticipation of changes in the speed and/or direction of a moving object or scene.
The ability to quickly respond (with the hand, finger, or foot) to a signal (sound, light, picture) when it appears. The ability to make fast, simple, repeated movements of the fingers, hands, and wrists. The ability to quickly move the arms and legs.
The ability to exert maximum muscle force to lift, push, pull, or carry objects. The ability to use short bursts of muscle force to propel oneself (as in jumping or sprinting), or to throw an object. The ability to exert muscle force repeatedly or continuously over time. This involves muscular endurance and resistance to muscle fatigue.
The ability to use your abdominal and lower back muscles to support part of the body repeatedly or continuously over time without 'giving out' or fatiguing. The ability to exert yourself physically over long periods of time without getting winded or out of breath. The ability to bend, stretch, twist, or reach with your body, arms, and/or legs.
The ability to quickly and repeatedly bend, stretch, twist, or reach out with your body, arms, and/or legs. The ability to coordinate the movement of your arms, legs, and torso together when the whole body is in motion. The ability to keep or regain your body balance or stay upright when in an unstable position.
The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer). The ability to see details at a distance. The ability to match or detect differences between colors, including shades of color and brightness.
The ability to see under low light conditions. The ability to see objects or movement of objects to one's side when the eyes are looking ahead. The ability to judge which of several objects is closer or farther away from you, or to judge the distance between you and an object.
The ability to see objects in the presence of glare or bright lighting. The ability to detect or tell the differences between sounds that vary in pitch and loudness. The ability to focus on a single source of sound in the presence of other distracting sounds.
The ability to tell the direction from which a sound originated. The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person. The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.

Tools Used
Adjustable hand wrenches Allen wrenches Anvils
Bench grinders Bench lathes Blanking presses
C clamps Claw hammers Cleaning scrapers
Combination squares Computer terminals Computerized numerical control CNC turret punching machines
Core cutters Crimping machines Cutting machines
Dial calipers Die cutting presses Digital micrometers
Feeler gauges Forklifts Forming presses
Gauge blocks Gear-cutting machines Grease guns
Hand nibblers Hand torches Handsaws
Handtrucks Heating furnaces Hobbing presses
Hoisting equipment Honing stones Hydraulic presses
Labeling machines Layout scales Layout templates
Lift trucks Locking hand pliers Metal chisels
Metal cutting dies Metal scribers Multi-axis computerized numerical control CNC machines
Multiple punch presses Notching machines Overhead cranes
Pallet jacks Personal computers Portable grinders
Power guillotine cutters Power press brakes Power saws
Power shears Precision files Precision rulers
Protective ear muffs Protractors Punch presses
Safety gloves Sawing machines Shear presses
Shearing machines Sheet metal hand tongs Shims
Sledgehammers Slitting machines Speed lathes
Steam cleaning equipment Straight screwdrivers Straightedges
Table saws Thermal cutting machines Toggle presses
Transit levels Tube benders Turret presses
Utility knives Vernier calipers Wire brushes

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