Scaling Machine Operator

Tend machines that remove scales from fish.
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Salary Range
$20,000 – $45,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Scaling Machine Operators do?

Tends machine that removes scales from fish: Turns valve to start spray of water over spiked rollers of scaling machine. Pushes buttons to start and stop conveyor that feeds fish from holding tank into tray at feeding end of machine and to start scaling machine. Feeds fish onto conveyor that moves fish through spiked rollers that remove scales from sides of fish and that dumps fish into containers.


Should I be a Scaling Machine Operator?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Independent: You enjoy flying solo and doing things your own way.
  • Levelheaded: You hold your emotions in check, even in tough situations.
  • Flexible: You're open to change and think variety is the spice of life.

  • Also known as: Aluminum-Foil-Spooling-Machine Operator

    How to become a Scaling Machine Operator

    Most Scaling Machine Operators have no higher education and get on-the-job training. Think about earning a Certificate to increase your competitiveness in the field. Chart?chd=s:9iaaaa&chl=no+college+%2888%25%29|certificate+%2812%25%29||||&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,88,88
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