Comber Tender

Tend machines that comb lap II or sliver to remove short fibers and dirt.
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Salary Range
$18,000 – $49,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Comber Tenders do?

Tends machines that comb lap II or sliver to remove short fibers, neps, and dirt and to straighten and align fibers: Lifts lap onto holders or positions cans of sliver at rear of machine. Threads lap or sliver between feeder rollers, combing and drawing rollers, through gathering eyes, coiler head, and into cans. Pieces up fresh lap or sliver to end of preceding one. Pieces up breaks, and replaces cans of sliver or rolls of lap. Removes full cans of processed sliver from coiler head and pushes cans to designated area to await further processing. Observes signal lights to detect sliver breaks, machine malfunctions, and exhausting cans of unprocessed sliver. Pulls lap-ups of fibers from rollers, using hook. May empty bin of waste materials combed out of fibers.


Should I be a Comber Tender?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Levelheaded: You hold your emotions in check, even in tough situations.
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.

  • Also known as: Collar-Stay-Fuser Tender, Comber

    How to become a Comber Tender

    Comber Tenders 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 Comber Tender-related education!
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