Impregnating Machine Operator

Set up and operate machines to saturate wire-reinforced paper.
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Salary Range
$18,000 – $49,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Impregnating Machine Operators do?

Sets up and operates machine to saturate wire-reinforced paper, used as plaster lath, with oil, wax, or asphalt: Loads wire-reinforced paper roll onto unreeling stand, using power hoist or crane. Threads paper through saturating rolls of machine and drier rollers and attaches end of paper to rewinding reel. Fills machine tank with saturating liquid, using monorail crane. Adjusts valves of gas burners and turns setscrews to regulate steam pressure, temperature, and flow of impregnating liquid. Starts machine and regulates pressure of saturating roll, rumbler rolls, speed of machine feed, and tension of rewinder, using handtools. Removes treated paper roll from rewinder, using power hoist. Seals paper roll, using gummed tape.


Should I be an Impregnating Machine Operator?

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.

  • How to Become an
    Impregnating Machine Operator

    Impregnating Machine Operators 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 Impregnating Machine Operator-related education!
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