Pouncing Lathe Operator

Tend machines that abrade hat crowns to impart smooth, finished appearance.
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Salary Range
$18,000 – $49,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Pouncing Lathe Operators do?

Tends machine that abrades hat crowns to impart smooth, finished appearance: Selects specified hat block and installs block on machine. Moves lever to clamp block in place and pulls hat over block. Starts machine that starts block rotating and forces sanding pads, arm, or abrasive wheel against surface of hat to smooth crown and impart specified texture. Removes hat, turns hat inside out, and repeats sanding operation to smooth and finish inside of crown. Removes hat and inspects it for smoothness of finish.


Should I be a Pouncing Lathe 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.
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.
  • Levelheaded: You hold your emotions in check, even in tough situations.

  • Also known as: Felt-Hat-Pouncing Operator, Hand

    How to become a Pouncing Lathe Operator

    Pouncing Lathe 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 Pouncing Lathe Operator-related education!
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