Bottoming Machine Operator

Tend machines that automatically cut, fold, and glue ends of tubes.
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Salary Range
$18,000 – $49,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Bottoming Machine Operators do?

Tends machine that automatically cuts, folds, and glues ends of tubes together to form bottoms in single or multiwall paper bags: Loads paper tubes into automatic feedrack, fills glue hopper, and starts machine. Observes machine operation, removes material caught in rollers to relieve jams, and spot-verifies processed bags to detect imperfections in cutting, folding, or gluing. Adjusts feed guides, rollers, and glue regulator, using handtools, to ensure conformity to specifications. May tend machine equipped with valving mechanism that automatically forms opening in top of bag and inserts sleeve in opening.


Should I be a Bottoming Machine Operator?

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

  • Also known as: Top-Bottom-Attaching-Machine Operator

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    Bottoming Machine Operator

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