Opener Tender

Tend series of machines in tandem that open and mix compressed cottons.
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Salary Range
$18,000 – $49,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Opener Tenders do?

Tends series of machines in tandem that open, clean, fluff, and mix compressed cotton or synthetic fibers preparatory to picking process: Starts machines and feeds layers of fibers from several bales into machine hoppers to produce uniform blend. Observes processing of fibers and signal lights to detect clogged beaters. Stops machines and pulls fibers from clogged beaters. Cleans and oils machines. May weigh fibers preparatory to feeding machines.


Should I be an Opener Tender?

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: Dampener, Door Opener, Silk Opener

    How to become an Opener Tender

    Opener 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 Opener Tender-related education!
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