Hat Finisher

Tend machines that finish or buff felt hat bodies to polish their surfaces.
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Quick Stats

Salary Range
$18,000 – $49,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Hat Finishers do?

Tends machines that finish felt hat bodies, performing any combination of following tasks: Tends machine that buffs or sands hat bodies to smooth or polish surface [BUFFER; POUNCING-LATHE OPERATOR]. Tends machine that applies grease and wax to hat body to finish and stiffen body [GREASER OPERATOR]. Tends machine that trims brim to specified width [ROUNDING-MACHINE OPERATOR]. Rubs hat to remove surplus fur fibers and smooth surface of hat, using sandpaper. Rubs coloring powder onto hat bodies, using powder-filled cloth bag, or sprays powder onto hat with compressed-air gun. Presses hat brim to smooth and shape brim, using hand iron. May be designated according to part processed as Crown Finisher; or type of hat processed as Wool-Hat Finisher.

Should I be a Hat Finisher?

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: De-Icer Finisher, File-Drawer Finisher, Final Finisher, Handle Finisher, Toys and Games Hand Finisher See More

    How to become a Hat Finisher

    Hat Finishers 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 Hat Finisher-related education!
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