Die Cleaner

Clean dies used to extrude dough to form macaroni.
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Salary Range
$16,000 – $32,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Die Cleaners do?

Cleans dies used to extrude dough to form macaroni: Unbolts and removes dies from presses, using wrench and screwdriver, and places dies in tub of water to soften dough residue. Adjusts die-washing-machine platform to accommodate shape of die, positions die on platform, and turns faucet to force jets of water through dies. Scrapes dough residue from die holes, using handtool. Replaces dies on press or places dies on storage shelves. May inspect dies on presses for cleanliness or damage. May verify alignment of die pins, using preset gauge. May record location and condition of dies.

Should I be a Die Cleaner?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.
  • Ready for a Challenge: You jump into new projects with initiative and drive.
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.

  • Also known as: Dock Cleaner

    How to become a Die Cleaner

    Most Die Cleaners have no higher education and get on-the-job training. Think about earning a Certificate or Associate's degree to increase your competitiveness in the field. Chart?chd=s:9gsaaa&chl=no+college+%2872%25%29|certificate+%287%25%29|associate%27s+%2821%25%29|||&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,72,72
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