Picking Machine Operator

Tend picking machines that open or shred and fluff raw or used materials.
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Quick Stats

Salary Range
$18,000 – $49,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Picking Machine Operators do?

Tends picking machine that opens or shreds and fluffs raw or used materials, such as wool, kapok, foam rubber, or hair to facilitate further processing: Cuts open bales of raw materials. Starts machine and deposits handfuls of raw material on feeding apron that conveys material into picking or shredding rollers. Observes machine to detect clogged rollers. Stops machine, and strips fiber from rollers, using knife, scissors, or hands. May spray raw material with oil emulsion. May be designated according to material processed as Hair-Picking-Machine Operator; Tow-Picker Operator; Wool-Picker Operator.

Should I be a Picking Machine Operator?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Levelheaded: You hold your emotions in check, even in tough situations.
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.

  • Also known as: Hair-Picking-Machine Operator

    How to become a Picking Machine Operator

    Picking 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 Picking Machine Operator-related education!
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