Cloth Washer Operator

Tend machines that wash or treat cloth with chemicals.
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Salary Range
$18,000 – $35,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Cloth Washer Operators do?

Tends machines that wash or treat cloth with chemicals preparatory to or after processes, such as bleaching, dyeing, printing, and finishing: Pushes truck of cloth into feeding position or mounts roll of cloth on shaft at feed-end of machine. Sews end of cloth to leader in machine, using portable sewing machine. Turns valves to admit water, detergents, caustic, acids, steam, or other chemicals into washing tanks according to specifications. Starts machine and observes flow of cloth through machine to detect tears in cloth. Stops machine, disentangles tear-outs, and knots selvages of torn cloth by hand. Tests solutions in washing tanks by titration or using litmus paper or hydrometer. Adds water, detergents, or chemicals to washing tanks to dilute or strengthen solutions as indicated by tests. May be designated according to chemicals used in washing tanks as Acid-Washer Operator; Naphthol-Soaping-Machine Operator; according to objective of washing as Cloth Neutralizer; or according to type of cloth as Back-Gray-Cloth Washer. May tend machines consisting of series of tanks that process cloth in open-width or rope form. Important variables may be indicated by trade names of machines used.


Should I be a Cloth Washer Operator?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Team Player: You're able to listen, communicate, and work with tons of different people.
  • Trustworthy: You are known for your personal integrity and honesty.
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.

  • Also known as: Acid-Washer Operator, Backfiller, Hand, Cloth Colorer, Cloth Neutralizer, Cloth Painter, Cloth Washer See More

    How to become a Cloth Washer Operator

    Most Cloth Washer Operators have no higher education and get on-the-job training. Think about earning a Certificate or Bachelor's degree to increase your competitiveness in the field. Chart?chd=s:9aaiae&chl=no+college+%2883%25%29|||bachelor%27s+%2811%25%29||doctorate+%286%25%29&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,83,83
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