Chinchilla Machine Operator

Tend machines that curl piles of fabric to simulate natural fur.
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Salary Range
$18,000 – $49,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Chinchilla Machine Operators do?

Tends machine that curls pile of fabric to simulate natural fur: Positions truck of cloth at feed-end of machine. Sews cloth to leader in machine, using portable sewing machine. Turns knob to raise or lower curling brushes according to depth of pile. Straightens cloth to remove wrinkles before cloth passes under rotating brushes. Feels curled pile to detect knotting of fibers caused by brushes being out of adjustment. Notifies supervisor when knots are found. Cleans accumulated fibers from brushes, using hook. Ravels seam to separate roll at end of piece. Pulls or lifts roll onto truck. May replace defective brushes, using handtools.


Should I be a Chinchilla 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.

  • How to Become a
    Chinchilla Machine Operator

    Chinchilla Machine Operators 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 Chinchilla Machine Operator-related education!
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