Striping Machine Operator

Set up and operate striping machines.
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Quick Stats

Salary Range
$20,000 – $54,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Striping Machine Operators do?

Sets up and operates striping machine to ink multicolored identification stripes on insulated wire according to specifications: Installs striping wheels in inking head and fills ink reservoirs. Adjusts footage counter and ink timer. Clamps wire spool on payoff spindle and threads wire around capstan, through inking head, and onto takeup spindle and starts machine. Inspects striped cable for defects and turns setscrews to adjust pressure of striping wheels. Mixes inks in power mixer, following formula, to obtain specified color shades. May thread wire through electric oven to dry ink.

Should I be a Striping Machine Operator?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Independent: You enjoy flying solo and doing things your own way.
  • Calm Under Pressure: You keep your cool when dealing with highly stressful situations.
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.

  • Also known as: Stenciling-Machine Tender, Strip Machine Operator

    How to Become a
    Striping Machine Operator

    Striping 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 Striping Machine Operator-related education!
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