Straw Hat Washer Operator

Rub straw hats with damp sponge to remove excess sizing.
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Salary Range
$17,000 – $35,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Straw Hat Washer Operators do?

Rubs strawhats with damp sponge to remove excess sizing: Slips hat over shaped hat block, rubs surface with damp sponge, and hangs hat on rack to dry. May hold hat over steam jet to soften sizing, preparatory to rubbing with sponge, or place hats in tub equipped with steam jets and cover top of tub with burlap cloth to allow steam to soften sizing and condition straw and be designated Steamer.


Should I be a Straw Hat Washer Operator?

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

  • Also known as: Stiff-Straw-Hat Washer, Straw-Hat-Brim-Raiser Operator, Straw-Hat Finishing Operator

    How to Become a
    Straw Hat Washer Operator

    Most Straw Hat Washer Operators 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:9haaaa&chl=no+college+%2888%25%29|certificate+%2811%25%29|associate%27s+%281%25%29|||&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,88,88
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