Fiber Machine Tender

Tend machines that form fiberglass filaments from molten glasses.
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Salary Range
$22,000 – $45,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Fiber Machine Tenders do?

Tends one or more machines that form fiberglass filaments from molten glass and combine filaments into sliver: Pulls fiberglass filaments extruded through bushing over sleeve where binding solution is applied and into groove of graphite shoe that binds filaments into single strand of sliver. Passes sliver strand through opening in floor to FLOOR WINDER on floor below who winds sliver onto tubes. Patrols and observes bushings to detect defects, such as clogged bushings, beads, bead straps, and defective binder applicators. Stops machine and removes beads or bead straps from bushing with wire pick to unclog bushing. Notifies YARDAGE-CONTROL OPERATOR, FORMING or FORMING-MACHINE ADJUSTER of defective product or machine operation. Turns petcocks to adjust flow of binding fluid to sleeves. May turn rheostat to obtain specified temperature in electric furnace where glass is melted. May fill furnace hopper with glass marbles and adjust feed mechanisms so that marbles enter furnace at specified rate. May be designated according to length and fineness of fibers produced as Staple-Fiber-Machine Tender.

Should I be a Fiber Machine Tender?

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.
  • Trustworthy: You are known for your personal integrity and honesty.
  • Team Player: You're able to listen, communicate, and work with tons of different people.

  • Also known as: Sliver Former, Sliver Handler, Staple-Fiber-Machine Tender

    How to become a Fiber Machine Tender

    Most Fiber Machine Tenders have no higher education and get on-the-job training. Think about earning a Certificate to increase your competitiveness in the field. Chart?chd=s:9faaaa&chl=no+college+%2892%25%29|certificate+%288%25%29||||&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,92,92
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