Stretcher-Drier Operator

Stretch and dry household articles.
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Salary Range
$17,000 – $35,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Stretcher-Drier Operators do?

Stretches and dries household articles, such as blankets, curtains, and linen tablecloths that require special treatment to protect delicate fabrics and retain desired measurements, using any of following methods: Attaches article to projecting wires of adjustable stretcher and pushes, or rotates frame on locking pivot, to position article in drying cabinet. Attaches curtains or blankets to horizontal frame mounted over steampipes and turns valve to allow steam to heat pipes and dry articles. Adjusts levers to clamp and stretch drapes and comforts in horizontal frame of drapery former. May card blankets with wire-bristled handbrush to raise nap or feed blankets into carding machine. May touch-up bindings and ruffles with hand iron. May guide ruffles of curtains through grooved, heated rollers to fluting machine that press fluting in fabric. May fold and stack articles.


Should I be a Stretcher-Drier 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.
  • Levelheaded: You hold your emotions in check, even in tough situations.
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.

  • Also known as: Stretcher and Drier, Stretcher Operator

    How to become a Stretcher-Drier Operator

    Most Stretcher-Drier 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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