Back Tender

Off bear from the delivery end of machines that dye, treat or dry textiles.
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Quick Stats


Salary Range
$18,000 – $40,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Back Tenders do?

Off bears from delivery end of range or machine that dyes, finishes, washes, treats, or dries cloth or other textile goods: Observes as cloth winds onto rolls or passes through swing-folding attachment into trucks and notifies supervisor of obvious flaws. Measures cloth with ruler and feels cloth discharging from drying cans or tenter frame to verify that cloth meets specifications for width and dryness. Moves lever to lower blade that cuts cloth at seams or ravels seams connecting lengths to remove cloth from machine. Pushes roll of cloth onto platform or lifts roll from machine brackets, using hoist. Places tube on winding shaft and starts cloth winding on tube. Replaces filled truck at swing-folding attachment with empty truck to receive folded cloth. May wrap cloth roll with burlap. May regulate heat of drying cans and flow of water into washboxes by turning valves. May be designated according to type of machine as Cloth-Bleaching-Range Back-Tender; Cloth-Finishing-Range Back-Tender; Cloth-Washer Back-Tender; Drying-Machine Back-Tender; Dyeing-Machine Back-Tender; Tenter-Frame Back-Tender. May be designated: Cloth-Mercerizer Back-Tender; Desizing-Machine Back-Tender; Dry-Cans Back-Tender; Mangle Back-Tender; Mangle Catcher; Singer Back-Tender; Soaping-Machine Back-Tender; Tire-Fabric-Impregnating-Range Back-Tender; White-Washer Piler.


Should I be a Back Tender?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Calm Under Pressure: You keep your cool when dealing with highly stressful situations.
  • Ready for a Challenge: You jump into new projects with initiative and drive.
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.

  • Also known as: Boarder Tender, Cloth-Bleaching-Range Back-Tender, Cloth-Finishing-Range Back-Tender, Cloth-Mercerizer Back-Tender See More

    How to become a Back Tender

    Most Back Tenders 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:9gfaaa&chl=no+college+%2884%25%29|certificate+%289%25%29|associate%27s+%287%25%29|||doctorate+%281%25%29&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,84,84
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