Back Washer

Tend machines that wash and dry slivers to remove the impurities and odors.
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Quick Stats

Salary Range
$18,000 – $49,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Back Washers do?

Tends machine that washes, rinses, and dries sliver to remove impurities, excess dye, and odors: Places balls of sliver on spindles or floor, or sets cans of sliver at feed-end of machine. Pieces up sliver with strand left in machine or inserts end of sliver into machine that draws sliver through washing and rinsing solutions, squeeze rollers, and drying cabinets. Turns valves to regulate circulation of washing and rinsing solutions and to adjust temperature of drying cabinets. Intermingles broken ends of fibers to piece up broken sliver. May insert end of sliver in gilling attachment that blends strands and winds sliver into ball [GILL-BOX TENDER]. May weigh and pack balls of sliver for shipment. May tend machine with oil spray attachment that conditions fiber for further processing.

Should I be a Back Washer?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.
  • Levelheaded: You hold your emotions in check, even in tough situations.

  • Also known as: Dyer and Washer, Hide Washer, Rack Pusher, Rag Washer, Tripe Washer, Washer, Carcass, Washer Cutter

    How to become a Back Washer

    Back Washers generally graduate from high school and get on-the-job training. Think about earning a Certificate or Associate’s degree to increase your chances of finding a good job. Check out these schools offering Back Washer-related education!
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