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NOC Code: NOC Code: 9442 Occupation: Weavers, knitters and other fabric making occupations
Occupation Description: Occupation Description:
Operators in this unit group operate machines to process yarn or thread into woven, non-woven and knitted products such as cloth, lace, carpets, rope, industrial fabric, hosiery and knitted garments or to quilt and embroider fabric. This unit group also includes workers who perform activities such as reproducing patterns, drawing-in and tying warps and setting up looms. They are employed by textile companies and by garment and mattress manufacturing companies. Operators in this unit group operate machines to process yarn or thread into woven, non-woven and knitted products such as cloth, lace, carpets, rope, industrial fabric, hosiery and knitted garments or to quilt and embroider fabric. This unit group also includes workers who perform activities such as reproducing patterns, drawing-in and tying warps and setting up looms. They are employed by textile companies and by garment and mattress 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 2
Oral Communication Oral Communication 1 2
Money Math Money Math 1 2 3
Scheduling or Budgeting and Accounting Scheduling or Budgeting and Accounting 1 2 3
Measurement and Calculation Measurement and Calculation 1 2 3
Data Analysis Data Analysis 1
Numerical Estimation Numerical Estimation 1 2
Job Task Planning and Organizing Job Task Planning and Organizing 1 2
Decision Making Decision Making 1 2
Problem Solving Problem Solving 1 2 3
Finding Information Finding Information 1 2


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Reading
  • Read work orders to process requests. (1)
  • Refer to machine instruction booklets to learn how to set up and operate machines and to find information on the range of possible designs. (2)
  • Read patterns and specifications for garments, including information about needles required, weave structures and style. (2)
  • Read memos and minutes from weaving committees or process improvement teams about how to improve quality. (2)
  • Read operating and maintenance manuals to make minor repairs of equipment. (3)
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Writing
  • Write product tags to record dates, styles, machine numbers and cylinder sizes. (1)
  • Complete shipping forms to send products to customers. (1)
  • Write in logbooks to document significant details of equipment usage. (1)
  • Write notes to remember details such as measurements, weaving requirements or calculations. (1)
  • Write letters to clients to advise them that their projects are complete. (2)
  • Update weaving records for each job to track project details. (2)
  • Write letters to suppliers to confirm or change orders or make comments on materials sent. (2)
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Document Use
  • Read lists to find information such as phone numbers of key contacts, meanings of stitch abbreviations and metric-imperial equivalents for needle sizes. (1)
  • Read signs. (1)
  • Read labels on fabrics and yarns to identify the blend of fibres, care instructions and tension requirements. (1)
  • Complete quality control checklists. (1)
  • Refer to charts to find the density and thickness of different materials. (2)
  • Read repair schedules. (2)
  • Read Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) labels for safety information. (2)
  • Use pictures to assist customers in clarifying their needs and preferences. (2)
  • Read fabric weaving schedules in order to sequence work tasks. (2)
  • Read material inventory forms and shipping forms from suppliers, detailing the quantity, type and cost of materials being shipped. (2)
  • Complete bills of sale to document garment descriptions, material, labour costs and total costs for each order. (2)
  • Plot data, such as the number of loom stoppages, on bar graphs to analyze the cause of equipment failures. (3)
  • Interpret measurements taken from scale drawings to determine the size of garments. (3)
  • Read schematic drawings in equipment manuals in order to maintain and repair equipment. (3)
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Digital Technology
  • Use a database. For example, look up fabrics on a database. (2)
  • Use word processing. For example, write memos. (2)
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Oral Communication
  • Listen to co-workers explain how they do their jobs. (1)
  • Interact with inspectors regarding quality control. (2)
  • Interact with suppliers to make purchases, discuss process and material problems and obtain ongoing information and advice as needed. (2)
  • Deliver presentations to clients about the weaving process. (2)
  • Interact with supervisors to receive work assignments, provide information on quality and troubleshoot problems. (2)
  • Communicate with customers to discuss prices and product specifications, such as colours and sizes. (2)
  • Participate on process improvement teams. (2)
  • Interact with co-workers to co-ordinate work activities, discuss equipment performance, share information from meetings, solve problems and acquire new skills and knowledge. (2)
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Money Math
  • Collect payment for invoices and give change. (1)
  • Prepare invoices including calculation of labour charges, using hourly rates, applicable discounts and taxes. (3)
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Scheduling or Budgeting and Accounting
  • Complete work order forms to record the time and materials used to make a product. (1)
  • Prepare and administer project plans and schedules by identifying material requirements, selecting suppliers, purchasing supplies according to best value and accounting for related income and expenditures. (3)
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Measurement and Calculation
  • Measure the length and width of cloth pieces to verify that machine settings are adjusted correctly. (1)
  • Calculate the areas of shapes in a design, such as for a rug or tapestry, to determine material requirements. (2)
  • Measure the tension of yarn taking precise measurements with callipers. (3)
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Data Analysis
  • Interpret data, such as the number of loom stoppages in a week, to analyze the cause of equipment failures. (1)
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Numerical Estimation
  • Estimate the time and quantity of materials required to complete an order. (2)
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Job Task Planning and Organizing
  • With the exception of self-employed weavers, the work priorities of weavers, knitters and workers in other fabric making occupations are established by their supervisors. Within this framework, they may plan and organize their own job tasks. This is particularly important at the outset of new projects. There is an ongoing need to co-ordinate tasks with co-workers to monitor quality, enhance productivity and meet deadlines. Their schedules are frequently disrupted due to problems, such as equipment failure. (2)
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Decision Making
  • Decide whether to repair equipment on your own or consult with the supervisors. (1)
  • Decide whether to stop the machines to resolve problems, considering the impact on productivity. (2)
  • Determine the best garment choices for customers, considering their age, style preferences, complexion and size. (2)
  • Make design decisions, considering limiting factors such as costs. (2)
  • Make quality-control decisions, such as whether to scrap faulty jobs or finish them for sale in outlet stores. (2)
  • Decide which suppliers to use. (2)
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Problem Solving
  • An error has occurred, such as dropping or misplacing a stitch. Identify the type of error and the most efficient way to correct it, such as undoing the work and starting over. (1)
  • Deal with equipment irregularities and breakdowns. Try to troubleshoot the problems, often referencing operating manuals, and if necessary call on other members of the team for technical assistance. A mechanic or electrician may be contacted as a last resort. (2)
  • Face potential delays when materials do not arrive on time from the manufacturer. Reprioritize tasks and, if necessary, locate alternative suppliers. (2)
  • It has been difficult to obtain supplies which are not made in the surrounding area. Research suppliers, import materials and deal with international shipping details related to customs and exchange rates. (3)
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Finding Information
  • Read lists to find contact information for suppliers or clients. (1)
  • Refer to equipment manuals to maintain and repair machines. (2)
  • Consult co-workers to troubleshoot production problems. (2)
  • Access archived project design records to glean information which may be applied to current projects. (2)
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