Finishing Machine Operator

Operate machines to apply finishing solution to narrow fabrics.
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Salary Range
$18,000 – $49,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Finishing Machine Operators do?

Operates machines to apply finishing solution to narrow fabrics, such as elastic, labels, ribbon, or tape: Measures and mixes ingredients for finishing solution in storage vat or can, following formula. Turns valve to admit solution to trough of machine or pours or dips solution from can into trough. Ties, pins, or staples ends of fabric to leader in machine or threads ends through rollers and drying cans. Feels finished fabric to determine degree of dryness and turns handwheels or knobs to regulate speed at which fabric passes through machine. Observes fabric finish to determine conformance to standards and turns handwheel or replaces weights to regulate pressure of rollers or drying cans.

Should I be a Finishing 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: Burnishing Machine Operator, Crown-Finishing-Machine Operator, Fine-Chemicals Operator, Finishing Tunnel Operator

    How to Become a
    Finishing Machine Operator

    Finishing 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 Finishing Machine Operator-related education!
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