Knife Operator

Control equipment to perforate, cut, and stencil plaster wallboard.
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Quick Stats

Salary Range
$20,000 – $45,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Knife Operators do?

Sets up and controls equipment to perforate, cut, and stencil plaster wallboard and convey board through kiln: Adjusts perforator and knife according to specifications, using gauge and handtools. Inserts code letters in stenciling drum, using tweezers and fills drum with ink. Adjusts speed of roller and accelerator conveyors according to size of board. Sets speed of kiln conveyor for specified drying time. Inspects wallboard emerging from drying kiln for unsealed edges and surface blemishes. Removes defective wallboard from conveyor line. Measures and weighs wallboard samples for conformance to specifications, using rule, micrometer, and scale.

Should I be a Knife Operator?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Flexible: You're open to change and think variety is the spice of life.
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.
  • Levelheaded: You hold your emotions in check, even in tough situations.

  • Also known as: Multiple-Knife-Edge-Trimmer Operator, Trimmer Operator, Three Knife, Trimming Operator, Trim Operator

    How to become a Knife Operator

    Most Knife 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:9iaaaa&chl=no+college+%2888%25%29|certificate+%2812%25%29||||&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,88,88
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