Press Brake Operator

March 28, 2024 at 3:05 pm by Amanda Canale

Reporting to the Production Supervisor, the Press Brake Operator supports Production operations through various channels to include part bending using a CNC Press Brake, inspection, polishing, conducting quality checks, reading blueprints, assisting in finishing operations, and moving finished product to S&R for final shipment. This role will provide exposure to all areas of the business depending on the demands and needs of the operation. The priority will be to support plant operations to ensure quality products are manufactured and shipped on time. This role requires someone with a keen attention to detail and conduct various tasks in a changing environment.

Essential Duties:

  • Effective use of a CNC Press Brake to form various metal parts (carbon steel, stainless and aluminum).
  • Efficient use of measuring tools (tape measure, calipers, etc.).
  • Efficient interpretation of blueprints, symbols and tolerances.
  • Support other fabricator duties as needed. 


  • Safely and efficiently set-up and operate an 12ft, 220-ton Press Brake.
  • Use a CNC controller to input information into the machine.
  • Adjust ram and back gauge locations per process control instructions and blueprints.
  • Check height, depth, and thickness using micrometers, dial indicators, calipers, gauges, and other precision-measuring instruments.
  • Perform complex programming using all features of the press brake.
  • Work with tight tolerance.
  • Perform self-inspection on the first produced part and verify quality throughout the production run.
  • Produce parts for assembly operations and identify assembly parts.
  • Perform inspections & quality checks using measuring tools such as tape measures, caliper, etc.
  • Responsible for performing other tasks, including cleaning, deburring, polishing, and straightening metal parts using appropriate tools and techniques.
  • Produce quality products in an efficient / productive manner.
  • Responsible for performing a variety of sub-tasks directly related to the fabrication and assembly of carbon steel, stainless steel, and aluminum sheet and plate products such as drilling, tapping, post-machining, deburring, and polishing when required.
  • Assist with cleaning, wrapping, moving, loading, and preparing completed products for shipment.
  • Switch between job tasks / orders when necessary.
  • Follow company safety procedures and best practices. 
  • Follow verbal and written directions.
  • Keep work areas clean and organized.
  • Perform other duties as required.


  • 2+ experience successfully operating a Press Brake
  • 2+ years sheet metal fabrication experience


  • Education: High school or equivalent (Required).
  • Ability to communicate effectively and efficiently in English (written and oral).
  • This position requires computer competency and willingness to operate industrial machinery.
  • Physical ability: pushing, pulling, sitting, or standing for long periods of time, manual dexterity, visual acuity, and mechanical aptitude.
  • Good mechanical aptitude and skills.
  • Must be cooperative, willing to share knowledge, cross-train, take on additional responsibilities, and hold self accountable. 
  • Must work well independently and in a team environment, be results-orientated, and be able to adapt quickly to change and work under tight deadlines.


  • Competitive annual salary based on candidate’s experience
  • 401(k)
  • 401(k) matching with 100% company match up to 4% of salary
  • Health insurance
  • Dental insurance
  • Flexible spending program 
  • Company sponsored life, ST&LT disability

Working at SEM:

Founded in 1967, SEM provides high security data destruction equipment to Federal Government Agencies, the US Military and Intelligence Community as well as commercial clients such as hyperscale data centers and other security-focused organizations. As a small privately-owned company, SEM offers a unique work environment that encourages and rewards innovation, drive, self-awareness, and individual contribution. Each member of our small but mighty team of 60 works hard, wears many hats, has a voice in the company, interacts with all levels of the organization daily, and is never afraid to roll up his or her sleeves. At SEM, our people are unequivocally our most important asset, and their contribution to the company is rewarded with not only a competitive salary, but also a work-life balance second to none and benefits that rival large companies.

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