Padding Machine Operator

Tend padding machines that saturate cloth with dye.
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Salary Range
$18,000 – $35,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Padding Machine Operators do?

Tends padding machine that saturates cloth with dye preparatory to further processing: Positions handtruck of cloth at feed-end of machine or mounts roll of cloth on machine, using power hoist, and threads cloth through rollers, or sews supply end to leader in machine, using portable sewing machine. Sets air pressure gauge to control pressure on squeeze roll and temperature gauge to control temperature of dye. Notifies DYE-WEIGHER HELPER to release dye to overflow tank. Turns valves to fill padding tank with dye. Starts machine to pass cloth through dye, between squeeze rolls and onto takeup roll. Doffs roll of cloth from machine, or may feed cloth to set of drying cans. Cuts sample of cloth for inspection by DYER, SUPERVISOR 582.131-014. May weigh and mix dye and chemicals.

Should I be a Padding Machine Operator?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.
  • 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.

  • Also known as: Yarn-Bleaching-Machine Operator

    How to become a Padding Machine Operator

    Most Padding Machine Operators have no higher education and get on-the-job training. Think about earning a Certificate or Bachelor's degree to increase your competitiveness in the field. Chart?chd=s:9aaiae&chl=no+college+%2883%25%29|||bachelor%27s+%2811%25%29||doctorate+%286%25%29&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,83,83
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