Tanning Drum Operator

Operate rotary drums containing tanning solution.
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Salary Range
$18,000 – $49,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Tanning Drum Operators do?

Operates rotary drum containing tanning solution to convert hides and skins into leather, according to specifications: Weighs tanning agents, such as metal salts and sodium formate, following tanning formula. Loads agents and hides or skins into drum. Turns valve to fill drum with water, turns steam valve to heat water to specified temperature. Verifies temperature, using thermometer. Locks drum door and moves lever to rotate drum for specified period of time. Removes drum door, replaces door with grating, and rotates drum to drain tanning solution through grating. May boil sample of tanned hide or skin in water to determine thoroughness of tanning. May be designated according to type of tanning solution used as Bark Tanner; Chestnut Tanner; Chrome-Tanning-Drum Operator; Oak Tanner; Quebracho Tanner; Sumac Tanner.

Should I be a Tanning Drum Operator?

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

  • Also known as: Chrome-Tanning-Drum Operator, Pickling-Drum Operator

    How to become a Tanning Drum Operator

    Tanning Drum 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 Tanning Drum Operator-related education!
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