Drier and Grinder Tender

Tend drying cylinders and hammer mills to dry and pulverize mica.
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Salary Range
$18,000 – $49,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Drier and Grinder Tenders do?

Tends drying cylinder and hammer mill arranged in tandem to dry and pulverize mica: Turns valve to start flow of oil in burner and ignites oil to heat drying-cylinder. Starts machines that tumble mica in heated cylinder and automatically feed dry mica into hammer mill. Examines pulverized mica for discolorations caused by excess heat and for conformance with grinding specifications. Adjusts controls of drying cylinder to regulate temperature and replaces worn hammers to grind mica to specifications, using handtools. Changes screens on discharge chute of hammer mill according to size specified for mica. May fill machine hopper with mica, using tractor equipped with scoop.

Should I be a Drier and Grinder Tender?

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

  • Also known as: Fourdrinier Tender

    How to become a Drier and Grinder Tender

    Drier and Grinder 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 Drier and Grinder Tender-related education!
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