Apply sizing solution to hat or hat parts.
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Salary Range
$17,000 – $39,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Stiffeners do?

Applies sizing solution, such as gelatin, glue, lacquer, paint, or shellac to hat or hat parts to stiffen, waterproof, or impart finish to hat: Pours premixed solutions into container or thins solution, following work order specifications. Applies solution to hat or hat parts by any combination of following tasks. Brushes or sponges solution onto articles; dips articles into tub of solution; sprays solution onto article, using spray gun; inserts parts between solution-coated rollers of machine. Places articles on holder of machine that spins articles to remove surplus liquid. Hangs articles on pegs or on holders of conveyor belt that carries articles through drying room to complete drying and stiffening operation. May be designated according to hat or hat part stiffened as Brim Stiffener; Panama-Hat Smearer; Strawhat Sizer; or according to solution used in sizing article as Lacquer Sizer; Varnisher. When reapplying sizing solution to article to cover thin spots in original coating, may be known as Retouching Operator.

Should I be a Stiffener?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Persistent: You keep pushing through, even when faced with tough obstacles.
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.
  • Outside the Box Thinker: Your creative brainpower gets a workout as you come up with innovative ideas.

  • Also known as: Brim Stiffener, Sticker On

    How to become a Stiffener

    Most Stiffeners have no higher education and get on-the-job training. Think about earning a Certificate or Associate's degree to increase your competitiveness in the field. Chart?chd=s:9bbaaa&chl=no+college+%2894%25%29|certificate+%283%25%29|associate%27s+%282%25%29|||&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,94,94
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