Tenter Frame Operator

Tend tenter frames that stretch cloths.
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Salary Range
$22,000 – $51,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Tenter Frame Operators do?

Tends tenter frame that stretches cloth in width, removes wrinkles, and dries cloth after processes, such as dyeing or finishing: Trucks folded cloth to feed-end of machine or mounts roll of cloth at scray, using hoist. Sews cloth end to leader in machine, using sewing machine. Turns wheel to adjust clips or pins to stretch cloth to specified width. Moves lever to control speed of cloth through drying cabinet, to swing-folding attachment. Measures width of cloth emerging from machine, using yardstick. Records yardage clock readings. May replace full trucks with empty ones and ravel seams to separate truck loads of cloth. May tend tenter frame equipped with weft-straightening attachment.


Should I be a Tenter Frame 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.
  • Trustworthy: You are known for your personal integrity and honesty.
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.

  • Also known as: Firepot Operator and Tender, Open-Tenter Operator, Pin-Tenter Operator

    How to become a Tenter Frame Operator

    Most Tenter Frame Operators have no higher education and get on-the-job training. Think about earning a Certificate to increase your competitiveness in the field. Chart?chd=s:a9baaa&chl=|no+college+%2897%25%29|certificate+%283%25%29|||&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,0,97
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