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Spike Machine Operator

Set up and operate machines to forge boat from heated steel rods.

What does a Spike Machine Operator do?

Sets up and operates machine to forge boat and track spikes from heated steel rods: Installs and adjusts forging hammer, squeezing dies, and stop guides, according to specifications, using rule and handtools. Adjusts temperature controls of furnace in which rods are heated depending on color of heated rod. Moves lever or depresses pedal to discharge malformed spikes and waste end of rod into receptacle. Grasps spike with tongs, observes shape of head, and measures spike with gauge to ensure that it conforms to specifications. Directs SPIKE-MACHINE FEEDER when setting up equipment. May replace and repair worn and broken parts of machine and conveyor system.