Picker Machine Operator

Tend machines that fluff and clean new and used materials.
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Salary Range
$18,000 – $49,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Picker Machine Operators do?

Tends machine that fluffs and cleans new and used materials, such as cotton, kapok, and sisal used in pads, cushions, and mattresses, performing any combination of following tasks: Moves guide on machine to direct cleaned material into storage bins or garnett machine. Opens bales of material, such as cotton and sisal, using wirecutter and knife. Pulls bales apart, starts machine, and feeds specified grades of material into machine hopper. May weigh specified amounts of material according to grades, using platform scales. May tie mattress cover to filling spout and move guide to direct material into it. May be designated according to type of material picked as Cotton Picker; Excelsior Picker; Fiber Picker; Sisal Picker; Tow Picker. May tend machine that produces rolls of felt from fluffed and cleaned fiber [GARNETT-MACHINE OPERATOR].


Should I be a Picker Machine Operator?

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: Book-Pocket-Machine Operator, Clicker-Machine Operator, Pickler Operator, Pill Machine Operator, Tow-Picker Operator See More

    How to become a Picker Machine Operator

    Picker 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 Picker Machine Operator-related education!
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