Gig Tender

Tend machines that set direction of fibers on surface of woolen cloths.
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Quick Stats


Salary Range
$18,000 – $49,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Gig Tenders do?

Tends machine that raises and sets direction of fiber on surface of woolen cloth, imparting soft and lofty hand to cloth: Mounts roll of cloth on shaft at feed-end of machine, using hoist. Sews end of cloth to leader in machine, using portable sewing machine. Turns handwheels to raise or lower contact rollers that press cloth against gigging cylinder to control amount of nap. Turns valves to admit water into wet-out boxes. Starts machine and processes cloth back and forth through machine until nap has been raised according to specifications. Relaxes pressure on contact rollers and processes cloth through machine to set direction of nap. Doffs rolls of cloth from delivery end of machine. May tend machine equipped with steaming roller rather than wet-out boxes and be designated Steam Gigger.


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

  • Also known as: Alley Tender, Belt Tender, Devil Tender, Diver's Tender, Tenderizer Tender, Vat Tender, Yeast Tender

    How to become a Gig Tender

    Gig Tenders 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 Gig Tender-related education!
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