Feather Separator

Tend equipment that separate downs from feathers.
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Quick Stats

Salary Range
$21,000 – $58,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Feather Separators do?

Tends equipment that separates down from feathers and separates feathers according to quality: Dumps sacks of feathers of mixed grade into separator by hand. Turns wheels to adjust height of separator walls. Starts blower system to circulate feathers up and over separator walls, heavier or lower grades of which pass over first or lowest walls while lighter or premium grades pass over higher walls. Turns off blowers to allow feathers to settle to floor of bins and sweeps them into sacks. May add chemicals to separator during process to sterilize feathers. When operating machine to remove pin feathers or quills from down, may be designated Pin-Feather-Machine Operator; Quill-Picking-Machine Operator.

Should I be a Feather Separator?

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.
  • Levelheaded: You hold your emotions in check, even in tough situations.
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.

  • How to become a Feather Separator

    Most Feather Separators 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:9gibaa&chl=no+college+%2879%25%29|certificate+%288%25%29|associate%27s+%2811%25%29|bachelor%27s+%282%25%29||&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,79,79
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