Press Shop Setter Operator

Major Recruitment
13 Apr 2018
20 Apr 2018
Contract Type
Full Time
Department: Press Shop
Reporting to: Works Manager

The Role

You will be a vastly experienced Press Shop Setter/Operator and expected to achieve high standards of quality, in line with targeted levels of output whilst working safely. You will be working as part of a team and you are expected to contribute to improving any working processes. You will help ensure efficient and effective communication within the Press Shop and will be responsible for all aspects of performance within your work area, monitoring and maintaining established standards and helping develop future standards through continuous improvement.

The main tasks of the role are outlined below:-
• Set, load and operate press machinery in an ear protection zone.
• Understand how progression tools work.
• To work using cutting fluids/oils and may have contact with small amounts of grinding dust containing stainless steel.
• Occasional use of visual display/display screen equipment work for data purposes.
• Contribute in a team working environment.
• Contribute to continuous improvement.
• Maintain safe and clean working environment by complying with procedures, rules and regulations.
• Manually handle weights up to 25kg.
• Complete quality documentation.
• Work to lean theory (5s).
• Meet quality expectations.
• Ensure machine is calibrated and cleaned.

Types of machinery you will be expected to operate are;-

• Etchells forge press – upset forge
• B/Fed vertical upsetter – upset forge
• Rhodes 100 ton press
• 55 ton HME press
• APT Tranemo 300 ton press
• APT Tranemo 500 ton press
• 160 Tonne press
• APT Lagan press 450 ton
• Denn press centre
• Cold header
• Barend M/C
• Hot Wash
The role also includes other general duties to maintain the efficient working of the department. The above list of tasks is not exhaustive and the post holder may be required to undertake duties as may be reasonably expected. All employees are required to be flexible and co-operative in order to assist in meeting business needs.


The business operates a range of Presses manufacturing a wide range of components and products in varied materials and sizes, to precise tolerance, tight deadlines and closely controlled costs.

The role is a cross functional position within the Press Shop department and is responsible for the setup and daily operation of hydraulic CNC controlled presses in the Press shop with support from Press Operators. An essential element of the role is to take responsibility for quality of own work to establish and successfully maintain a ‘right first time’ philosophy throughout the organisation. The post holder will be provided with refresher training to comply with any legal requirements surrounding health and safety in their work area.

Skills and Abilities

• Ability to use own initiative to work as an individual or as part of a team unsupervised.
• Ability to work well in a fast paced environment to meet team expectations.
• Ability to operate computer equipment for data purposes.
• Ability to use a variety of measuring equipment.
• A methodical approach to systems and understanding of the importance of standards and established/agreed systems of work.
• Able to make decisions based on experience, have confidence to act and make changes within given boundaries.
• Good personal organisation under pressure from time, internal and external customers.
• Time management skills.
• Good verbal communication and listening skills.
• Ability to promote the business in a positive manner.
• Ability to read and understand written planning and follow verbal instructions.


• Proven and demonstrable experience in tool problem solving and liaising with Toolroom on requirements for tool maintenance.
• Experienced in tool design and calculating tonnage and size of press.
• Experienced in how tools work, understanding and principals i.e. progression, form, piercing, drawing and blanking.
• Experienced in Press safety regulations.
• Determining (S.D.A.U.) and correct press for the tool. Problem solving tooling and tool maintenance schedules.
• Familiar with tack welding, linishing and had previous experience of setting.


• Power press/press guard safety training.
• A current FLT Counterbalance licence is desirable but not essential.

The Person

• Strong work ethic, must want to do tasks and understand their value.
• Reliable, general timekeeping and honesty, working unsupervised.
• Adaptable over a broad range of work.
• Motivated to take on new areas of work and learn new skills.
• Attention to detail, data accuracy and a ‘right first time’ approach.
• Willingness to embrace change and continuous improvement.
• Flexible when required.

If interested by the role and you have the relevant experience, please apply below

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