Shrinking Machine Operator

Tend machines that knead fur cones to interlock fibers.
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Salary Range
$18,000 – $49,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Shrinking Machine Operators do?

Tends machine that kneads fur cones to interlock fibers and shrink cones by either of following methods: Positions cones on belt that moves cones beneath water sprinkler pipes, between rollers, and onto second belt that returns cones to worker. Measures cones, using ruler. Repeats process until cone has shrunk to size specified. Places cones in machine cylinder and turns handle to fill cylinder with hot water, or pours acid-water solution into tank. Starts agitators that knead and tumble cones to interlock fibers and shrink cone. Measures cones, using ruler. Repeats process until cone has shrunk to specified size. May stretch cones to specified sizes, using wire frame.


Should I be a Shrinking Machine Operator?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Levelheaded: You hold your emotions in check, even in tough situations.
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.

  • How to Become a
    Shrinking Machine Operator

    Shrinking Machine 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 Shrinking Machine Operator-related education!
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