Hogshead Opener

Open sealed hogsheads of tobaccos using hammers, hatchets or wire clippers.
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Quick Stats

Salary Range
$17,000 – $35,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Hogshead Openers do?

Opens sealed hogsheads of tobacco, using hammer, hatchet, and wire clippers: Removes nails from headbands and cuts metal band and wooden liner. Raises hogshead to upright position, using hoist. Cuts wire bands and remaining headband, removes head, and allows staves to fall on floor or cuts wire bands and lifts hogshead from packed tobacco. On patented hogsheads, cuts tie wire and headbands or removes pins from eyelets, catches sections of staves as staves fall from hogshead, and removes head.

Should I be a Hogshead Opener?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.
  • Levelheaded: You hold your emotions in check, even in tough situations.
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.

  • Also known as: Hog-Head Singer, Hogshead Hand, Hogshead Stripper, Hogshead Unpacker, Hogshead Wrecker

    How to become a Hogshead Opener

    Most Hogshead Openers have no higher education and get on-the-job training. Think about earning a Certificate or Associate's degree to increase your competitiveness in the field. Chart?chd=s:9haaaa&chl=no+college+%2888%25%29|certificate+%2811%25%29|associate%27s+%281%25%29|||&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,88,88
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