Heading Machine Operator

Tend machines that sand excess points from pencil ends and cut the pencils.
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Salary Range
$18,000 – $39,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Heading Machine Operators do?

Tends machine that sands excess point from pencil ends and cuts pencils to specified length: Dusts ends of pencils with cornstarch to prevent sticking together. Places pencils in hopper of machine and starts machine. Examines pencils for defects, such as chips in paint and incorrect length. Bundles pencils, using cord, and places bundles on pallet or places pencils in rack and blows wood and lead dust from pencils, using airhose. Replaces worn sandpaper on machine drum. May replace knives in machine, using wrench.

Should I be a Heading Machine Operator?

You should have a certificate degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Team Player: You're able to listen, communicate, and work with tons of different people.
  • Independent: You enjoy flying solo and doing things your own way.
  • Trustworthy: You are known for your personal integrity and honesty.

  • Also known as: Heading Pinner, Hinging Machine Operator, Lidding-Machine Operator

    How to become a Heading Machine Operator

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