Cloth Mercerizer Operator

Tend machines that add silk-like luster to cotton clothes.
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Salary Range
$18,000 – $49,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Cloth Mercerizer Operators do?

Tends machine that adds silk-like luster to cotton cloth and increases strength and affinity of cloth for dyes: Mounts roll of cloth on machine or pulls supply cloth from handtruck or overhead poteyes and sews end to leader in machine, using portable sewing machine. Turns valve to admit caustic into vats and handwheel to adjust tenter frame clips to maintain tension on cloth and prevent shrinkage as cloth passes through soapy-water spray. Sets thermostat to control temperature of caustic bath. Starts machine and observes flow of cloth through machine units to detect holes in cloth and torn selvages. Cuts out defects, using scissors, and seams ends of cloth. Turns knobs on control panel to synchronize motor speeds of machine units. Adds soap to wash bath as suds are depleted.

Should I be a Cloth Mercerizer 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.
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.
  • Levelheaded: You hold your emotions in check, even in tough situations.

  • How to Become a
    Cloth Mercerizer Operator

    Cloth Mercerizer 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 Cloth Mercerizer Operator-related education!
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