Rope Silica Machine Operator

Tend machines that coat cloth with silicate to strengthen and fluff cloth.
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Salary Range
$18,000 – $35,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Rope Silica Machine Operators do?

Tends machine, consisting of series of subdivided tanks, that coats cloth with silicate or other chemical solution to strengthen and fluff cloth: Starts pumps to transfer chemicals and water into mixing tank above machine. Determines specific gravity of solution, using hydrometer, and adds chemicals or water until required specific gravity is attained. Threads end of roll of cloth through guides and squeeze rollers of tanks and over takeup reel at end of tanks. Turns rheostat controls to obtain specified roller speed and tank temperature. Turns valve to admit specified amount of silicate or other chemical solution into tanks. Starts machine and observes cloth as cloth passes through tanks and onto takeup reel.

Should I be a Rope Silica Machine Operator?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Trustworthy: You are known for your personal integrity and honesty.
  • 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: Applicator

    How to Become a
    Rope Silica Machine Operator

    Most Rope Silica Machine Operators have no higher education and get on-the-job training. Think about earning a Certificate or Bachelor's degree to increase your competitiveness in the field. Chart?chd=s:9aaiae&chl=no+college+%2883%25%29|||bachelor%27s+%2811%25%29||doctorate+%286%25%29&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,83,83
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