Tuft pads and mattresses with metal pins.
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Salary Range
$18,000 – $49,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Tufters do?

Tufts pads and mattresses with metal pins, using press: Sets pins upright in holders in press bed. Lays pad in place over tops of pins and sets cover form over pad in alignment with pins. Starts motor and pushes lever to press cover form over pad and force pins through pad. Clamps cover form to press bed with hand clamps and raises press head from form. Slips metal washers over projecting ends of pins and spreads and flattens ends of pins over washers, using handtools. Releases clamps and lifts pad from form and press when tufting is complete.

Should I be a Tufter?

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

  • Also known as: Pad Tufter

    How to become a Tufter

    Tufters 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 Tufter-related education!
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