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NOC Code: NOC Code: 9441c Occupation: Hide and pelt processing machine operators and workers
Occupation Description: Occupation Description:
Hide and pelt processing machine operators and workers trim, scrape, clean, tan, buff and dye animal hides, pelts or skins to produce leather stock and finished furs. They are employed by leather tanning, fur dressing and leather and fur dyeing establishments. Hide and pelt processing machine operators and workers trim, scrape, clean, tan, buff and dye animal hides, pelts or skins to produce leather stock and finished furs. They are employed by leather tanning, fur dressing and leather and fur dyeing establishments.

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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
Money Math Money Math 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
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 the supervisor detailing quantities per colour and any other special requests from customers. (1)
  • Read trade magazines for information on how to dye and finish leather. (2)
  • Read information from suppliers on new dyes for leather finishing. (2)
  • Read Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) Safety Data Sheets and information sheets about chemicals used in hide and pelt processing. (3)
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  • Record pelt type, quantity, weight and relevant customer information. (1)
  • Write notes on the condition of particular animal hides. (1)
  • Write comments about each hide or pelt after treatment. (1)
  • Write notes to workers on the next shift, indicating which steps of the process have been completed. (1)
  • Write reminder notes about work to be completed. (1)
  • Fill out billing forms indicating the client's name, what was done to the hides and the amount to be paid by the customer. (1)
  • Write out detailed instructions about how to get the correct colour for each dye job. There may be 15 different dyes being used in a day, all for different customers. (2)
  • Write a production report, noting the time taken to complete various steps, the present stage of production and any delays in the process. (2)
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Document Use
  • Read cards indicating the amounts of chemicals to be added to baths. (1)
  • Read warning labels on chemical barrels. (1)
  • Read tags which identify each hide or pelt by type, treatment, colour or number. (1)
  • Read lists to find bundle sizes and to find out what steps in processing the hide have already been completed. (1)
  • Read customer order forms indicating how many hides are to be dyed each colour. (1)
  • Fill out tags on bundles or pallets for shipping purposes. (1)
  • Record the number of hides processed and the length and type of treatment each fur has undergone. (2)
  • Fill out inventory forms. (2)
  • Fill out sampling tables to send to the lab. (2)
  • Read recipe sheets which provide information about the concentration of chemicals, temperature, weight and time allotments for the various steps in the tanning process. (2)
  • Read WHIMIS safety data sheets when using new or unfamiliar chemicals or products. (3)
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Digital Technology
  • Use computer-controlled equipment. For example, use an electronic scale to weigh pelts. (1)
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Oral Communication
  • Receive instructions from the supervisor for specific jobs. (1)
  • Consult technicians to obtain authorization for modifying rinse compositions. (1)
  • Speak to customers to provide suggestions or advice on remodelling their furs. (2)
  • Ask co-workers for assistance, provide them with information and discuss new processes or chemicals. (2)
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Money Math
  • Calculate the amount of a bill, including taxes. (2)
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Scheduling or Budgeting and Accounting
  • Monitor the number of hides and pelts in stock and the products used in preparing them, to ensure sufficient quantities are available at all times. (1)
  • Determine how many hides or pelts will be needed to fulfill an upcoming contract. (2)
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Measurement and Calculation
  • Measure the temperature of the immersion baths into which hides are placed. (1)
  • Measure pickling solution ingredients. (1)
  • Measure the pH and chemical levels in rinses and adjust as necessary. (1)
  • Weigh hides and pelts and calculate the amount of chemicals to be added to immersion baths for that quantity. (2)
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Numerical Estimation
  • Estimate the quantity of a chemical product to add to rebalance the pH in a rinse. (1)
  • Estimate the weight of the load to dry or the appropriate water level in the flushing drum. (1)
  • Estimate the amount of time it will take to complete an order. (2)
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Job Task Planning and Organizing
  • There is little variety in the tasks of hide and pelt processing workers. Workers are usually informed of the day's schedule, but must prioritize their tasks and allow time for reprocessing. There are frequent interruptions and workers must keep critical steps of processes in mind as they reorganize activities. Workers may have to co-ordinate their tasks with those of other workers. (2)
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Decision Making
  • Decide what knife or tool to use to cut away fat so that the job may be completed as quickly and neatly as possible. (1)
  • Decide whether the colour or tint is exact or whether it needs to be adjusted. (1)
  • Decide which pelts to choose when considering the needs of a particular job. (2)
  • Decide whether to add more chemicals or change the pH level of a rinse. (2)
  • Decide whether a hide is usable or must be discarded. (2)
  • Decide on the exact time to remove the hides from the baths. (3)
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Problem Solving
  • An unexpected delivery of unprepared hides has arrived. These hides cannot be stored untreated and must be salted and cured. Interrupt the current job and relay details of the problem to the supervisor. (1)
  • There are difficulties in getting a dye colour exact. Make careful adjustments to the mixture to get the proper colour. (2)
  • Cope with machinery breakdowns, such as the drum seizing. Ask the supervisor or co-workers for assistance in fixing the machine and work quickly to save the hides affected by rinsing them in special chemicals. (3)
  • The temperature of a rinse is too hot because of a false reading on the thermometer. Measure the temperature manually and correct the situation as quickly as possible to avoid ruining the pelts. (3)
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Finding Information
  • Refer to records from previous orders outlining the mixture for different tints and dyes. (1)
  • Obtain information from labels or data sheets. (1)
  • Consult supervisors and co-workers to clarify schedules and tasks. (2)
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