Waste Machine Tender

Tend machines that open, clean, fluff, and reduce soft waste yarns.
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Salary Range
$18,000 – $49,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Waste Machine Tenders do?

Tends machine that opens, cleans, fluffs, and reduces soft waste yarn, sliver, and roving to fiber for reuse: Spreads armfuls of waste material on feeder apron of machine. Starts machine, and wraps web of processed material around takeup roller or positions truck beneath delivery apron of machine. Observes processing of waste to detect clogged rollers and disentangles rollers by hand. Doffs, laps, or trucks material from delivery end of machine.


Should I be a Waste Machine Tender?

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.
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.
  • Levelheaded: You hold your emotions in check, even in tough situations.

  • Also known as: Willow-Machine Tender

    How to become a Waste Machine Tender

    Waste Machine Tenders 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 Waste Machine Tender-related education!
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