Mangle Tender

Tend mangles that wet-out cloths or apply finishing chemicals to cloths.
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Quick Stats

Salary Range
$18,000 – $49,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Mangle Tenders do?

Tends mangle that wets-out cloth or applies finishing chemicals, such as size starch, synthetic resins, or cellulose derivatives to cloth: Positions trucks of cloth at feed-end of machine and threads cloth through guides, under immersion roll, and through expander attachment and squeeze rolls, or sews end of cloth to leader in machine, using portable sewing machine. Turns valve to admit water, starch, or finishing solution to trough of mangle. Turns handwheel to set pressure of squeeze rollers according to thickness of cloth. Observes flow of cloth through mangle to detect holes and torn selvages. Cuts flaws from cloth, using scissors, and sews ends of cloth together. May tend machine arranged in tandem with drying cans, tenter frame or curing oven. May be designated according to fluid used in trough as Starch-Mangle Tender; Water-Mangle Tender.

Should I be a Mangle Tender?

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.

  • Also known as: Mangle Tender, Cloth, Starch-Mangle Tender, Tailings Man, Tare Man, Tar Man, Water-Mangle Tender

    How to become a Mangle Tender

    Mangle Tenders 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 Mangle Tender-related education!
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