Braille Duplicating Machine Operator

Tend equipment to reproduce braille-embossed pages.
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Salary Range
$18,000 – $42,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Braille Duplicating Machine Operators do?

Tends equipment to reproduce braille-embossed pages, using one of following methods: Places master page on screen bed. Places roll of treated paper on stand. Threads paper through equipment and locks paper in clamping frame. Pulls heat unit over clamping frame. Depresses pedal or handle to lower clamping frame onto screen bed and to create vacuum that forms braille impressions. Pushes heat unit from bed. Releases pedal or handle to raise clamping frame, and releases catch on frame to draw reproduced copy through equipment. Repeats process to make required number of copies. Cuts copies apart, using scissors. Writes identifying information, such as page number or title, on each copy. Positions master page on screen bed. Places sheet of heat-sensitive plastic paper over page and lowers clamping frame to lock page into position on bed. Pulls heat unit over clamping frame to activate vacuum pump trip-lever. Holds heat unit over frame to form braille impressions. Pushes heat unit from bed to release vacuum. Raises frame to release individual copy. Repeats process to make required number of copies. Most workers in this occupation are blind.


Should I be a Braille Duplicating Machine Operator?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.
  • Calm Under Pressure: You keep your cool when dealing with highly stressful situations.
  • Helpful: You always keep an eye out for what other people need.

  • Also known as: Braille Coder, Braille-Thermoform Operator

    How to Become a
    Braille Duplicating Machine Operator

    Most Braille Duplicating 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:9ffaaa&chl=no+college+%2885%25%29|certificate+%287%25%29|associate%27s+%288%25%29|||&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,85,85
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