Hand Blocker II

Press caps or hats over heated hat blocks.
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Quick Stats

Salary Range
$18,000 – $49,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Hand Blocker IIs do?

Presses caps or hats over heated hat blocks, by hand or with electric iron, to shape, smooth, or finish articles by any combination of following methods: Turns dial or handle on metal block to heat block and fits article over block. Presses, pulls, and rubs article by hand to smooth article. Inserts parts of adjustable block into hat or cap and forces wedge between parts to expand parts to fill article. Places article on bed of steam chamber or holds article over steam jet to soften article. Presses article with electric iron before placing in heated drying box. May be designated according to hat blocked as Panama-Hat Blocker; Strawhat Blocker; or according to production stage as Trimming-Department Blocker. When performing final finishing operations in addition to blocking, such as brushing hats and clipping loose threads, may be known as Set-Off Blocker.

Should I be a Hand Blocker II?

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.
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.

  • Also known as: Blocker, Hand II

    How to become a Hand Blocker II

    Hand Blocker IIs 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 Hand Blocker II-related education!
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