First Breaker Feeder

Feed fibers into machines that break up matted bundles.
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Quick Stats

Salary Range
$18,000 – $40,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do First Breaker Feeders do?

Feeds fiber, such as hemp or sisal, into machine that breaks up matted bundles, and oils and straightens fibers to form sliver: Places bundles of fibers on machine feed conveyor. Observes sliver emerging from machine and varies rate of feeding to maintain production of uniform sliver of specified weight. Turns valve to start flow of oil that lubricates, softens, and preserves fibers. When feeding armfuls of short hemp fibers into machine, is designated Tow Feeder.

Should I be a First Breaker Feeder?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Levelheaded: You hold your emotions in check, even in tough situations.
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.
  • Ready for a Challenge: You jump into new projects with initiative and drive.

  • How to become a First Breaker Feeder

    Most First Breaker Feeders 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:9gfaaa&chl=no+college+%2884%25%29|certificate+%289%25%29|associate%27s+%287%25%29|||doctorate+%281%25%29&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,84,84
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