Rounding and Backing Machine Operator

Tend machines that cut frayed edges or excess material from articles.
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Salary Range
$19,000 – $46,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Rounding and Backing Machine Operators do?

Tends machine that cuts frayed edges or excess material from articles, such as hat brims or fabric buffing wheels, or separates hat brims from crowns prior to finishing operations: Measures radius of article, using ruler. Turns setscrews on machine guide to adjust width of cut, according to specifications. Positions edge of article or crown against guide on bed of machine and pulls lever to lower rotary cutting blade onto article. Depresses pedal or pushes button to start machine that rotates article against revolving blade to cut article. May rotate article against cutting blade by hand. May be designated according to material cut as Straw-Hat-Brim-Cutter Operator; Trimmer, Buffing Wheel. May tend machine that rakes and trims buffing wheels simultaneously and be designated Facer, Buffing Wheel.


Should I be a Rounding and Backing Machine Operator?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Ready for a Challenge: You jump into new projects with initiative and drive.
  • Team Player: You're able to listen, communicate, and work with tons of different people.
  • Independent: You enjoy flying solo and doing things your own way.

  • Also known as: Rounder and Backer

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    Rounding and Backing Machine Operator

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