Hydraulic Blocker

Tend hydraulic presses that shape hats, hatbrims, or crowns.
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Salary Range
$18,000 – $49,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Hydraulic Blockers do?

Tends hydraulic press that shapes hats, hatbrims, or crowns: Selects shaping die, according to specifications, and positions die in recess of machine bed. Positions saddle in die to protect hat during pressing. Pours water into tank of machine and turns valve to regulate level of water in rubber pressing bag, attached to machine ram, according to size of hat to be shaped. Inserts hat, crown down, into die. Moves lever to lower ram and water-filled bag against brim or into crown to press hat, brim, or crown. May be designated according to hat material as Straw-Hat-Hydraulic-Press Operator; according to hat part shaped as Brim Presser II; Crown Presser; or according to processing stage as Blocking-Machine Operator, Second; Hydraulic Press Operator, First Pressing. When tending machine that shapes hatbrims between flange and water-filled bag, is known as Hydraulic-Brim-Flanging-Machine Operator. May be designated: Band-Plating-Machine Operator; Panama-Hat-Hydraulic-Press Operator; Wool-Hat Hydraulicker; Woven-Paper-Hat-Hydraulic-Press Operator Finisher.

Should I be a Hydraulic Blocker?

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

  • Also known as: Wool-Hat Hydraulicker

    How to become a Hydraulic Blocker

    Hydraulic Blockers 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 Hydraulic Blocker-related education!
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