Plasma Operator

Plasma Operator Jobs Offer Generous Amounts of Challenge and Responsibility

Plasma Operator Using a Cutter in Steel Fabrication FactoryA significant portion of modern industry relies on the use of various metals and alloys; it is a concept that would seem logical, given the fact that most metals offer the properties of strength and robustness. However, putting this concept into practice is not as simple as it might appear, since these metals must often be shaped or formed into very specific and exact pieces/components – outcomes that can be rather difficult to achieve precisely because of a metal’s ability to endure pressure and its resistance to damage/destruction.

So just how do manufacturers, for example, cut and manipulate pieces of metal that are large enough and strong enough to form such intricate shapes as an airplane wing or the panels of military vehicles? Enter the plasma operators or, as they are commonly known, plasma cutters.

Plasma cutting is the method by which conductive materials/metals are cut or cleaved by an accelerated stream/jet of superheated ionized gas, or plasma. In the simplest terms, this cutting process occurs when an electrical arc is created within the gas between the tip of the nozzle and the piece to be cut, in turn generating a sufficient and appropriate amount of heat to cut through the metal; the types of metals most frequently cut in such a manner include:

  • Steel
  • Brass
  • Copper
  • Aluminum

To succeed in the role of a plasma operator/cutter, candidates must attain a high school diploma (or equivalent), followed by a post-secondary program at a community college or a technical institute. The areas of post-secondary study should encompass a range of subject matter, such as:

  • Mathematical ratios
  • Welding and fabrication
  • Computer programming (CNC)
  • Drafting and interpreting blueprints
  • Geometric dimensions and tolerances (GD&T)

In addition, plasma operators will be required to demonstrate competency within several transferable skills, including:

  • Problem solving
  • Conceptualization
  • Attention to detail
  • Teamwork/collaboration
  • Written and oral communication
  • Planning and process management

The role of a plasma operator is one that includes a substantial amount of responsibility, particularly in relation to performing highly-precise and often intricate metal-cutting with the speed and on-time demands of their employer and all respective clients. For those who relish such challenges, the pursuit of such work can result in a viable and rewarding career.

A Staffing Agency Can Be a Valuable Resource in Finding a Plasma Operator Job

Cutting Metal with PlasmaAs with many individuals interested in specialized technical jobs, those seeking to secure employment as a plasma operator may be somewhat uncertain of the opportunities and options available at any given time. In such instances, coordinating their search efforts with the in-house services and external networking of a professional staffing agency like Winters Technical can prove to be a most valuable alliance.

Consultants from staffing or placement agencies such as Winters Technical Staffing have established strong working relationships with employers in several major industries that require the services of highly skilled plasma operators; some of these industries consist of the following:

  • Aerospace
  • Automotive
  • Transportation
  • Salvage Operations
  • Industrial Construction
  • Precision Manufacturing
  • Mining/Natural Resources

As a result, the Winters Technical Staffing consultants will often have immediate, first-hand knowledge of current employment opportunities for new and experienced plasma operators, including apprenticeship options, entry-level positions, or career advancement prospects as applicable. In many cases, employers will not advertise their hiring needs through public channels, electing instead to have Winters Technical Staffing conduct a focused and targeted search to identify and recruit capable plasma operators who have the knowledge and experience to satisfy the requirements for this specific job function within their organization.

Contact Winters Today

Add the valuable resources of industry awareness and networking to your search efforts in seeking employment as a plasma operator or cutter. Call the placement professionals from Winters Technical Staffing today at 1-877-495-7422 to request a complimentary consultation on your career goals with one of our industry specialists.