Hat Blocker

Block cleaned hats to a specified size and shape.
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Quick Stats

Salary Range
$16,000 – $27,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Hat Blockers do?

Blocks cleaned hats to specified size and shape: Selects wooden hat block according to size and shape of hat. Mounts hat on block and holds block over steamer to soften material. Pulls hat down over block to shape crown. Places hat on form of hat-ironing machine. Depresses pedal to engage automatic hat-ironing machine. Brushes crown with melted wax to ensure retention of shape during further processing. Removes hat from block and applies sizing to brim with sponge. Inserts hat in hollow, wooden brim form. Steams or wets brim and places under heated sandbag to press and shape brim. Rubs or brushes hat to smooth nap. Applies cleaning solvent with brush or sponge to remove spots. May insert finished hats in paper bags. May wait on patrons and collect payment. May be designated according to part of hat blocked as Brim Blocker; Crown Blocker; or according to machine operated as Crown-Ironer Operator.

Should I be a Hat Blocker?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Trustworthy: You are known for your personal integrity and honesty.
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.
  • Team Player: You're able to listen, communicate, and work with tons of different people.

  • Also known as: Hat Steamer

    How to become a Hat Blocker

    Most Hat Blockers have no higher education and get on-the-job training. Think about earning a Certificate to increase your competitiveness in the field. Chart?chd=s:9aaaaa&chl=no+college+%28100%25%29|||||&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,100,100
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