Combiner Operator

Set up and operate machines to combine continuous sheets of material.
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Salary Range
$18,000 – $49,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Combiner Operators do?

Sets up and operates machine to combine two or more continuous sheets of material, such as paper, paperboard, foil, and plastic film, to form such laminated products as building paper, fiberboard, wallboard, or material from which metallic yarn is slit: Mounts rolls of materials in machine, using hoist. Threads materials over and under guide rollers, around cooling drum, and to rewinder core. Starts pumps to transfer adhesive solution from storage tanks to machine. Starts machine, observes gauges, and adjusts controls to maintain temperature and pressure of rollers, temperature of adhesive, filling of cooling drum, functioning of doctor blade, and speed of machine. Inspects samples of laminated products for defects, such as wrinkles and thick spots. May test specific gravity of adhesive solution, using hydrometer. May attach ends of new material to material in machine with tape. May set up and operate machine to extrude polyethylene film, combine film with paper or aluminum foil, and print design on processed laminated paper used for wrapping materials and be designated Polyethylene Combiner.


Should I be a Combiner Operator?

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

  • Also known as: Cleaner Operator, Coder Operator, Combiner-Sheet Operator, Commutator Operator, Component Insertion Operator See More

    How to become a Combiner Operator

    Combiner 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 Combiner Operator-related education!
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