Paperback Machine Operator

Tend machines that stitch paperbacking to wire fabrics.
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Salary Range
$20,000 – $54,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Paperback Machine Operators do?

Tends machine that stitches paperbacking to wire fabric used as floor and wall plaster lath: Loads paper roll and roll of wire fabric onto unreeling stand, using hoist. Threads paper and wire fabric through guides, feed rollers, machine, and rewinder. Loads stitch wire of specified gauge onto reel and threads end into feed rollers. Adjusts machine to regulate length of stitch on fabric, using handtools. Adjusts cutters and crimping bar of machine to cut and bend protruding end of thread so that wire hooks on to fabric edge. Starts machine to stitch paperbacking to wire fabric. Removes reinforced wire fabric from rewinder, using hoist. Splices wire fabric rolls to specified length, using handtools.

Should I be a Paperback 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.
  • High Achiever: You love the challenge of tackling difficult work.
  • Ready for a Challenge: You jump into new projects with initiative and drive.

  • How to Become a
    Paperback Machine Operator

    Paperback Machine Operators 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 Paperback Machine Operator-related education!
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