Pottery Machine Operator

Operate pug mills, jigger machines, and drying chambers.
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Salary Range
$19,000 – $44,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Pottery Machine Operators do?

Operates pug mill, jigger machine, and drying chamber, that form, dry, and finish ceramic ware, such as bowls, cups, plates, and saucers: Adjusts and sets controls of pug mill that mixes, extrudes, cuts, and deposits clay charges in or over molds as specified. Installs shaping tool in head of jiggering unit, using handtools. Sets controls to regulate temperature of drying chamber. Installs trimming tools and abrasives on arms of ware-finishing unit, using handtools. Starts machine unit and conveyors and observes lights and gauges on panelboard to verify operational efficiency. Examines finished ware for defects and measures dimensions, using rule and thickness gauge. Adjusts pressures, temperatures, and trimming tool settings as required. May operate jigger machine only and be designated Potter. May form urns and planters, using jolly, and be designated Jollier.

Should I be a Pottery Machine Operator?

You should have a certificate degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Independent: You enjoy flying solo and doing things your own way.
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.

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