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NOC Code: NOC Code: 9441b Occupation: Textile dyeing and finishing machine operators
Occupation Description: Occupation Description:
Textile dyeing and finishing machine operators operate machines to bleach, dye or finish yarn, thread, cloth or textile products. They are employed by textile manufacturing companies. Textile dyeing and finishing machine operators operate machines to bleach, dye or finish yarn, thread, cloth or textile products. They are employed by textile manufacturing companies.

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Essential Skills Essential Skills Levels
Reading Reading 1 2 3
Writing Writing 1 2
Document Use Document Use 1 2 3
Digital Technology Digital Technology 1
Oral Communication Oral Communication 1 2
Scheduling or Budgeting and Accounting Scheduling or Budgeting and Accounting 1 2
Measurement and Calculation Measurement and Calculation 1 2
Numerical Estimation Numerical Estimation 1 2 3
Job Task Planning and Organizing Job Task Planning and Organizing 1 2
Decision Making Decision Making 1 2 3
Problem Solving Problem Solving 1 2 3
Finding Information Finding Information 1 2

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  • Read notes from customers to comply with special requests, such as a requirement that material be from the same batch. (1)
  • Read brief memos from management about changes to policies or procedures. (2)
  • Read trade magazines to stay abreast of new equipment and techniques. (2)
  • Read formulation sheets for dyes to obtain such information as chemical composition and mixing instructions. (2)
  • Read operations and safety manuals to troubleshoot equipment problems, to verify procedures and to comply with health and safety regulations. (3)
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  • Complete job reports to record production data, such as start and finish times, and any changes made to dyeing formulae. (1)
  • Write supply lists to replenish the storeroom. (1)
  • Fill in tickets when rolling up fabric to document its colour, weight and length. (1)
  • Write in production log books to record information for inventory and accounting purposes, such as batch number, piece number, colour, fabric grade and type of material. (1)
  • Write minutes for safety meetings. (2)
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Document Use
  • Read signs on machines to follow operating procedures and labels on fabric and supplies to obtain content information. (1)
  • Complete forms, such as packing slips and formulation sheets, to record shipping and production data. (2)
  • Read work orders to process specific customer requests regarding such details as colour and length. Work orders are more complex to interpret when customers have their own fabric identification codes. (3)
  • Refer to tables showing colour samples and dyeing formulae to obtain mixing instructions and verify the colour correctness. Accuracy is important to minimize mixing errors. (3)
  • Read and interpret artist design sketches to be imprinted on material to determine the priority of colour to be imprinted and ensure the design is correctly placed on the fabric. (3)
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Digital Technology
  • Use computer-controlled equipment. No knowledge of software is required. For example, set the job parameters on computer-controlled dyeing and finishing machines. (1)
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Oral Communication
  • Listen to a public address system for pages. (1)
  • Liaise with suppliers to obtain information on colours and inks. (2)
  • Interact with co-workers to provide training. (2)
  • Communicate with co-workers to co-ordinate work and exchange information on such technical matters as colour and grading. (2)
  • Speak with supervisors to receive instructions, provide progress reports and troubleshoot production problems. (2)
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Scheduling or Budgeting and Accounting
  • Set and monitor production schedules to ensure that deadlines are met. (2)
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Measurement and Calculation
  • Measure material to correctly position artist drawings for printing. (1)
  • Measure out quantities and volumes of dyes and chemicals which may involve doubling or quadrupling amounts specified in mixing instructions, to process specific orders. (2)
  • Convert between the imperial and metric measurement systems (e.g., yards to meters). (2)
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Numerical Estimation
  • Estimate the volume of ink required to complete a printing job, following a preset procedure with a limited number of factors to consider. (1)
  • Estimate when to add the dye to a load within a margin of plus or minus 15 minutes. (2)
  • Estimate the quantities and volumes of dyes and chemicals required to create customized batch colours, considering factors such as the type and quantity of material to be dyed. (3)
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Job Task Planning and Organizing
  • Textile dyeing and finishing machine operators perform repetitious tasks with supervisors establishing their priorities. In their daily work, they have some scope to sequence tasks to maximize efficiency and respond to disruptions caused by technical problems. (2)
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Decision Making
  • Decide which pieces of fabric to use for dyeing, considering such factors as the lightness of the colour and the cleanliness of the fabric. (Dyers) (1)
  • Decide whether the size of a feature needs to be changed so that it fits better onto a piece of material. There is little or no consequence of error. (Dyers) (1)
  • Decide whether the final product is of sufficiently high quality to be forwarded to a customer. (Dyers) (2)
  • Decide how to set up the machines to match the fabric at hand. (Finishing machine operators) (2)
  • Decide whether to accept or reject defective material, considering the nature of the defect. (Finishing machine operators) (2)
  • Decide when to shut machines down when problems arise such as grabbing or run lines in material. Take into consideration how much material will be wasted before the problem can be solved, and how much money and time will be lost during the shutdown. (Finishing machine operators) (3)
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Problem Solving
  • A design was inadequately transferred to the fabric due to an inferior quality of ink. Reprint as many times as needed to produce a design of acceptable quality. (Screen printing operators) (1)
  • The fabric is not taking the colour as it should. Attempt to correct the problem by adding more chemicals, leaving the fabric in the vats longer or raising the temperature of the water. If the problem is not resolved, the dyer contacts the supervisor. (Dyers) (2)
  • A web of cloth is missing a tag. Rely on experience to identify the web of cloth, consulting co-workers as needed. (Finishing machine operators) (2)
  • A piece of fabric gets ripped during the dying process. Depending on the length of the rip, address the problem by either cutting out the rip or ticketing the fabric to note the flaw. (Finishing machine operators) (2)
  • A customer requests an atypical colour-fabric combination. Develop customized dyeing formulae, considering such variables as fabric density and duration of mixing, and assess the results. (Dyers) (3)
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Finding Information
  • Consult co-workers, such as the secretary or head shipper, to clarify orders. (1)
  • Look up information about equipment, dyeing or finishing in manuals. (2)
  • Ask their supervisor for technical advice to solve production problems. (2)
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