Cotton ginning is the process of separating the raw cotton fibres from the seed pods and the sticky, and valuable, seeds to produce a useable thread using a machine known as a gin (from engine). The cotton is then classed and graded which is a job that takes many years of experience. Occupations in cotton processing include assistants and press workers, supervisors and trainers.
Cotton ginning takes place in a large factory environment and is both mechanical and physical.
You can sometimes work in cotton ginning without undertaking any formal training or qualifications however some employers will prefer that you do. To work as an assistant cotton ginner or press worker you will usually require a Certificate II in Cotton Ginning, and a shift supervisor or head press worker will need Certificate III in Cotton Ginning.
With experience, and possibly some further training, cotton ginning workers can become cotton ginning supervisors or training officers. This usually requires Certificate IV in Cotton Ginning.
Of course, with further training and experience you can continue to progress along a career pathway that could see you in many senior management positions.
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