Automatic Pad-Making Machine Operator

Operate batteries of machines that produce quilted and laminated paddings.
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Salary Range
$18,000 – $36,000

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What do Automatic Pad-Making Machine Operators do?

Sets up and operates battery of machines to produce quilted and laminated padding from batting: Places rolls of batting and burlap base in feed holders of machine. Aligns and threads ends of material through machine. Turns handwheels to heat calender roll. Threads needles of quilting machine that binds batting to base to form padding. Turns air valve that activates stationary spray gun to spray binder to surface of padding. Aligns end of second roll of batting to sprayed surface under pressure roll to form laminated padding. Turns handwheels to position circular knives that trim padding to specified width. Turns knobs to adjust electric eye controlled mechanism which automatically cuts padding to specified length, drops on layer of gauze, and cuts and laps gauze over pads. Starts spray gun that sizes pad to hold covering in place. Turns knobs to synchronize speed of machine and starts machine. Replaces broken needles. Fills tanks with specified size. Places rolls of narrow reinforcing batting in holder and guides under needles when specified. Sews together burlap and gauze, and laps together batting to form continuous roll.

Should I be an Automatic Pad-Making Machine Operator?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Team Player: You're able to listen, communicate, and work with tons of different people.
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.

  • How to Become an
    Automatic Pad-Making Machine Operator

    Most Automatic Pad-Making Machine Operators have no higher education and get on-the-job training. Think about earning a Certificate or Associate's degree to increase your competitiveness in the field. Chart?chd=s:9adaab&chl=no+college+%2893%25%29||associate%27s+%285%25%29|||doctorate+%282%25%29&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,93,93
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