Barrel Drum Cutter

Operate machines that wind plastic materials onto reels and cuts them.
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Quick Stats


Salary Range
$17,000 – $36,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Barrel Drum Cutters do?

Operates machine to wind plastic material onto reel and cut wound material into lengths for use in making articles, such as curtains, draperies, and table covers: Positions roll of plastic material on machine brackets, threads end of material through tension rollers, and clamps or tapes material to rod on reel. Turns handwheel or loosens bolts and moves rods to increase or decrease diameter of reel according to length specified for material. Depresses pedal to start, stop, and control speed of machine. Observes material as it winds on reel to detect uneven winding and straightens uneven edges by hand. Stops machine at specified intervals during winding cycle and cuts material on reel by drawing knife through slot in reel rod. Removes lengths of material from reel. May operate machine equipped with knives to slit material in specified widths as it winds.


Should I be a Barrel Drum Cutter?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.
  • Team Player: You're able to listen, communicate, and work with tons of different people.
  • Trustworthy: You are known for your personal integrity and honesty.

  • Also known as: Cutter, Barrel Drum, Drum-Reel Cutter

    How to become a Barrel Drum Cutter

    Most Barrel Drum Cutters have no higher education and get on-the-job training. Think about earning a Certificate to increase your competitiveness in the field. Chart?chd=s:9iaaaa&chl=no+college+%2864%25%29|certificate+%2836%25%29||||&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,64,64
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