Felting Machine Operator

Operate felting machines to attach reinforcing burlaps to felt strips.
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Salary Range
$18,000 – $49,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Felting Machine Operators do?

Operates felting machine to attach reinforcing burlap to felt strips or to compress several layers of felt by means of heat and pressure: Suspends roll of burlap and two bats of felt over conveyor belt. Starts conveyor and unrolls felt strips, with burlap strip between felt strips, onto conveyor. Opens steam valves or water sprays to moisten felt passing through steam chamber or beneath sprays. Stops conveyor when bed of hydraulic press is covered by felt strip. Opens steam valves to heat press bed. Starts oscillating hydraulic ram that compresses felt. Laps end of felt bat to ends of other bats to form continuous strip. Plucks foreign matter from felt surfaces with tweezers and spreads loose felt over thin spots to produce uniform products. Straightens layers of stock on press bed to remove wrinkled stock.


Should I be a Felting Machine Operator?

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

  • Also known as: Felt-Hat-Flanging Operator

    How to become a Felting Machine Operator

    Felting Machine Operators 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 Felting Machine Operator-related education!
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