Weigher Operator

Weigh out specified amounts of dried and fluffed cotton linters.
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Salary Range
$20,000 – $56,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Weigher Operators do?

Weighs out specified amounts of dried and fluffed cotton linters prior to nitrating process in manufacture of smokeless powder: Rakes dried cotton linters into weigh cans, removing dust clusters and inadequately processed cotton. Moves weigh cans along overhead monorail to section of rail connected with scales. Adds or removes linters to obtain specified weight. Pushes weigh cans along monorail to drive chain which conveys cans to next operation. May regulate drier temperature and speed of conveyor [CONTINUOUS-LINTER-DRIER OPERATOR]. May combine specified amount of acid and preweighed amount of cellulose in dipping pot in which they react chemically to produce nitrocellulose.


Should I be a Weigher 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.
  • Levelheaded: You hold your emotions in check, even in tough situations.
  • Team Player: You're able to listen, communicate, and work with tons of different people.

  • Also known as: Conveyor-Weigher Operator, Cotton-Weigher Operator, Dope Weigh Operator

    How to become a Weigher Operator

    Most Weigher Operators have no higher education and get on-the-job training. Think about earning a Certificate or Associate's degree to increase your competitiveness in the field. Chart?chd=s:9zcaaa&chl=no+college+%2869%25%29|certificate+%2828%25%29|associate%27s+%283%25%29|||&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,69,69
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