Knife Machine Operator

Tend machines that apply and smooth stiffening compounds onto cloth.
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Salary Range
$20,000 – $45,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Knife Machine Operators do?

Tends machine that applies and smooths stiffening compounds, such as starch, onto cloth: Lifts roll of cloth onto machine brackets. Threads cloth end through machine rollers and dryer and ties leader strap to takeup reel. Lowers doctor and turns setscrews to adjust tension on cloth and set guide devices. Pours compound on cloth directly in front of knife assembly and spreads compound evenly with paddle. Starts and observes operation of machine, and adds compound as needed. Lifts finished roll from takeup reel after cloth has passed through dryer. May tend machine that automatically applies stiffening compound to cloth before cloth is drawn beneath knife.


Should I be a Knife 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.
  • Team Player: You're able to listen, communicate, and work with tons of different people.
  • Persistent: You keep pushing through, even when faced with tough obstacles.

  • Also known as: Icer Machine Operator

    How to become a Knife Machine Operator

    Most Knife Machine Operators have no higher education and get on-the-job training. Think about earning a Certificate to increase your competitiveness in the field. Chart?chd=s:9laaaa&chl=no+college+%2884%25%29|certificate+%2816%25%29||||&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,84,84
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