Decating Machine Operator

Tend machines that circulate steams.
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Salary Range
$18,000 – $49,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Decating Machine Operators do?

Tends machine that circulates steam through cloth wound on perforated cylinder to develop luster, improve hand, remove wrinkles, and shrink cloth: Turns handwheels to set guides according to width of cloth, and pressure roll of winding unit according to tension specified. Laps end of cloth and wrapper around cylinder or pins cloth to leader. Starts machine to wind cloth and wrapper into single roll. Sets controls to admit steam into rotating cylinder and force steam through cloth roll, and to draw air back through cloth to cool and dry cloth following instructions for style of cloth. Winds cloth and wrapper onto separate rolls, and doffs rolls of cloth, using hoist, or unwinds cloth through swing-folding attachment. May tend machine that automatically steams, removes moisture, unwinds, and folds cloth. May press cloth in electric pressing machine. May tend machine that initially draws cloth over steam trough for priming. May tend decator that finishes cloth and be designated Full-Decator Operator.


Should I be a Decating Machine 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.

  • Also known as: Full-Decator Operator, Sweatband-Decorating-Machine Operator

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    Decating Machine Operator

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