Smoother

Tend machines that smooth rough edges from pen point tips.
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Quick Stats


Salary Range
$21,000 – $47,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Smoothers do?

Tends machine that smooths rough edges from pen point tips: Places pen points into molds on hinged holding device and closes device to hold pen points stationary during smoothing process. Sprinkles polishing rouge on felt wheel and starts machine. Inserts tongue of holding device into groove on machine bed and moves holding device back and forth in groove as pen point tips work against rotating felt wheel or guides holding device against rotating wheel by hand to smooth surface of pen point tips. Feels tips of pen points with fingers to detect rough areas.


Should I be a Smoother?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Team Player: You're able to listen, communicate, and work with tons of different people.
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.

  • Also known as: Pen-Point Smoother

    How to become a Smoother

    Most Smoothers 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:9kaaaa&chl=no+college+%2886%25%29|certificate+%2814%25%29||||&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,86,86
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