Stencil Machine Operator

Tend machines that brush designs into wet pile of pile fabric.
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Salary Range
$18,000 – $49,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Stencil Machine Operators do?

Tends machine that brushes designs into wet pile of pile fabric: Inserts metal rod through cloth roll and lifts roll into feeding position. Threads cloth over tension rod, between stencil roller with raised design and brushing rollers, and laps end around takeup roll, or sews end of cloth roll to cloth in machine, using portable sewing machine. Starts machine, and straightens cloth with hands to remove wrinkles as cloth enters machine. Pushes lever to disengage winding shaft and doffs rolls of stenciled cloth onto handtruck.


Should I be a Stencil Machine Operator?

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

  • Also known as: Snap-Fastener-Machine Operator

    How to become a Stencil Machine Operator

    Stencil 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 Stencil Machine Operator-related education!
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