Drum Attendant

Tend machines equipped with revolving drum containing solutions.
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Quick Stats

Salary Range
$18,000 – $49,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Drum Attendants do?

Tends machine equipped with revolving drum containing solutions that clean, dye, tan, or oil hides or rag stock: Places hides in drum or loads rags onto drum conveyor and locks drum door. Turns valves to fill drum with specified solution and water or steam. Moves controls to rotate drum for specified period. Stops drum, unlocks door, removes rags or hides, and loads hides or rags on cart or rack. May be designated according to process as Blacking-Wheel Tender; Degreasing-Wheel Operator; Oiling-Machine Operator; Tanning-Wheel Filler; Washing-Machine Operator. May tend machine, without adding solutions, to soften hides by tumbling and be designated Dry-Mill Worker.

Should I be a Drum Attendant?

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: Bottom-Liquor Attendant, Cell Attendant, Dry House Attendant, Service Attendant

    How to become a Drum Attendant

    Drum Attendants 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 Drum Attendant-related education!
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