Finishing Machine Tender

Tend machines that smooth and clean edges of ceramic flatware.
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Salary Range
$21,000 – $49,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Finishing Machine Tenders do?

Tends machine that automatically smooths and cleans edges of ceramic flatware preparatory to firing ware in kiln: Selects rubber cushion rings according to ware being furnished and positions rings on vacuum cradle on machine turntable. Inserts abrasive pads in adjustable arms that press pads against revolving ware and positions sponge belts on rotating machine spindles to clean ware after smoothing. Tightens coupling on water hose to water tank connection and turns valve to start and regulate flow of water onto sponge belts to maintain moisture content of belt. Pushes button to start machine and turns dial to regulate speed of turntable according to size ware being processed. Observes machine operation and product to detect need for machine adjustment. Removes and replaces ware at machine to maintain continuous work flow.

Should I be a Finishing Machine Tender?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Persistent: You keep pushing through, even when faced with tough obstacles.
  • Team Player: You're able to listen, communicate, and work with tons of different people.
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.

  • Also known as: Finish Machine Tender

    How to become a Finishing Machine Tender

    Most Finishing Machine Tenders 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:9zgaaa&chl=no+college+%2866%25%29|certificate+%2827%25%29|associate%27s+%287%25%29|||&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,66,66
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