Surgical Dressing Maker

Tend machines that automatically cut and fold gauzes.
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Salary Range
$18,000 – $49,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Surgical Dressing Makers do?

Tends machine that automatically cuts and folds gauze backing around absorbent cotton to form surgical dressings: Starts machine that cuts gauze and absorbent cotton to size, folds gauze around cotton in prescribed manner to form surgical pad, and ejects pad. Examines ejected pads for size, folding of gauze and defects in absorbent cotton. May pack specified quantity of pads in bags or cartons.


Should I be a Surgical Dressing Maker?

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

  • How to become a Surgical Dressing Maker

    Surgical Dressing Makers 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 Surgical Dressing Maker-related education!
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