Machine Taper

Tend machines that tape edges of precut materials on wire frames.
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Quick Stats

Salary Range
$18,000 – $49,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Machine Tapers do?

Tends machine that tapes edges of precut material, such as parchment or fabric, on wire frame to form lampshades: Inserts spool of binding tape on machine spindle and draws tape through machine guides and folding attachment. Depresses pedal to raise holding device and positions edge of material and wire frame in groove of machine bed under pressing head. Releases pedal to lower and lock holding device. Starts machine that presses tape over edges of material and wire frame. Removes lampshade from machine and trims excess tape from shade, using scissors.

Should I be a Machine Taper?

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

  • Also known as: Machine Tracer, Taper, Machine

    How to become a Machine Taper

    Machine Tapers 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 Machine Taper-related education!
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