Tanners program and use tannery drums. They perform the work according to the work instructions, verify the physical and chemical characteristics of the hide, skin, or leather and of the liquid floats (e.g. pH, temperature, chemicals concentration) during the process. They use the drum for washing the hide or skin, removing the hair (not in the case of hides and skins tanned with the hair or wool on), bating, tanning, retanning, dyeing and milling.

Alternative label

  • pit tanner

  • retanning machine operator

  • tanning worker

  • drum tender

  • beamhouse operator

  • tawer

  • chrome-tanning drum operator

  • tanning machine operator

  • spray finishing machine operator

  • drum operator

  • tanning straightener

  • tanning vacuum dryer

  • tanning drum operator

Regulatory aspect

To see if and how this occupation is regulated in EU Member States, EEA countries or Switzerland please consult the Regulated Professions Database of the Commission. Regulated Professions Database: http://ec.europa.eu/growth/single-market/services/free-movement-professionals/qualifications-recognition_en


Essential skills and competences

Essential Knowledge

Optional skills and competences

Optional Knowledge



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