Breaker Machine Operator

Tend machines that reduce corkwoods or barks to fine particles.
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Quick Stats

Salary Range
$21,000 – $49,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Breaker Machine Operators do?

Tends machine, equipped with crushing rollers or hammers, that reduces corkwood, cork waste, or bark to fine particles: Dumps corkwood, waste, or bark into machine hopper or onto conveyor leading to machine. Removes wooden sticks and steel straps to prevent clogging. Starts machine that crushes and grinds material into fine particles and blowers that force ground particles over shaker screens to remove dust and separate ground material into bins, according to particle size. May tend machine equipped with conveyors that convey ground material through driers to remove moisture before segregating particles. May pull bags over bin outlets and open outlets to empty dust and ground cork or bark. May remove and stack filled bags on pallets. May record number of bags and grades of corkwood, waste, or bark processed.

Should I be a Breaker Machine Operator?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Persistent: You keep pushing through, even when faced with tough obstacles.
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.
  • Team Player: You're able to listen, communicate, and work with tons of different people.

  • How to become a Breaker Machine Operator

    Most Breaker 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:9zgaaa&chl=no+college+%2866%25%29|certificate+%2827%25%29|associate%27s+%287%25%29|||&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,66,66
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