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NOC Code: NOC Code: 9446 Occupation: Industrial sewing machine operators
Occupation Description: Occupation Description:
Industrial sewing machine operators operate sewing machines to sew fabric, fur, leather or synthetic materials to produce or repair garments and other articles. They are employed in clothing, footwear, textile products, fur products and other manufacturing establishments and by furriers. Industrial sewing machine operators operate sewing machines to sew fabric, fur, leather or synthetic materials to produce or repair garments and other articles. They are employed in clothing, footwear, textile products, fur products and other manufacturing establishments and by furriers.

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Essential Skills Essential Skills Levels
Reading Reading 1 2 3
Writing Writing 1
Document Use Document Use 1 2
Digital Technology Digital Technology 1
Oral Communication Oral Communication 1 2
Money Math Money Math 1 2
Measurement and Calculation Measurement and Calculation 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 3
Problem Solving Problem Solving 1 2
Finding Information Finding Information 1 2

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  • Read notes from the supervisor or other tradespersons regarding details of jobs and tasks. (1)
  • Read letters or memos concerning company policies or upcoming events. (2)
  • Refer to a reference book for information about making patterns and sewing on buttons. (3)
  • Refer to the sewing machine repair manual in order to understand simple repairs. (3)
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  • Write notes to co-workers to inform them of messages from the salon or from the delivery service. (1)
  • Complete forms such as the Production Tracking Form. (1)
  • Write lists of repairs completed on a coat and the suggested pricing. (1)
  • Complete log entries to record work completed. (1)
  • Write "to do" lists to organize the work for the coming week. (1)
  • Write notes to supervisors describing machine breakdowns or explaining work done to correct defective pieces. (1)
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Document Use
  • Read job tickets on coats, jackets or shirts to find out what sewing is to be done on the garments. (1)
  • Enter suggested pricing information on job tickets. (1)
  • Read labels on spools of thread to check the colour and code numbers and read labels on bolts of lining material. (1)
  • Complete a daily record log which duplicates the information shown on the individual repair tickets. (1)
  • Complete a time card at the end of the day. (1)
  • Refer to patterns which show the angles at which material is to be cut. (2)
  • Complete order forms for reordering of supplies. (2)
  • Read specification sheets for bulk orders showing code numbers, quantities, thread stocks and colours. (2)
  • Read pricing tables. (2)
  • Complete production forms recording all work completed on various jobs. (2)
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Digital Technology
  • Use computer applications. For example, use a scanner to scan tickets for production data. (1)
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Oral Communication
  • Communicate with delivery personnel who are picking up or delivering work. (1)
  • Interact with co-workers to divide work and discuss particular problems with materials or repairs. (1)
  • Communicate with the supervisor to verify customer requirements or to seek clarification on a repair ticket. (1)
  • Discuss sewing machine breakdowns with mechanics. (2)
  • Interact with customers about their repair requirements. (2)
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Money Math
  • Prepare billing for work completed based on time taken to complete the job, the amount of materials required and the pricing guidelines. (2)
  • Calculate earnings by multiplying the number of pieces completed by the price per piece. (2)
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Measurement and Calculation
  • Measure pieces of fur and leather to judge their suitability for a repair and measure the circular sweep at the bottom of a coat. (1)
  • Measure arm holes for coats and measure pattern pieces to identify where they fit. (1)
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Numerical Estimation
  • Estimate how much fur to cut when enlarging the wedge under the arm. (1)
  • Estimate how many items, such as jackets, will be completed by the end of the day. (2)
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Job Task Planning and Organizing
  • Sewing machine operators are assigned tasks and priorities by their supervisors. They themselves determine the most efficient way to get the jobs done, taking into account customer deadlines, the availability of supplies and the need to co-ordinate some tasks with co-workers who may also be required to work on the same order. Work is sometimes interrupted and reprioritized because of machine breakdowns or rush orders. They keep track of inventory so that they may place quarterly orders for materials and thread. Aside from the planning of inventory, most planning is short term, focusing on daily or weekly production schedules. (2)
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Decision Making
  • Decide what type of lining material is most suitable for a particular garment. (1)
  • Decide which pelts are closest in colour and texture to the original. (1)
  • Decide when to refuse a repair in cases where the material is too rotten to work with. (1)
  • Decide whether a remodelling job is possible, taking into account the condition of the coat and the availability of materials. (2)
  • Decide which jobs to do first, taking into account that co-workers may also need to work on the same orders to perform different tasks and that co-ordination will be required. (3)
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Problem Solving
  • Material has ripped as it is fed into the sewing machine. Relax the tension of the machine or carefully push the material manually under the needle. (1)
  • A machine has broken down in the middle of a job. Start a different job which does not require use of the machine in order to keep working while the machine is being repaired. (1)
  • A work order is unclear as to whether a cuff is required on the sleeve. Try to reach the customer through the manager to seek clarification. (1)
  • The colour or texture of the material used for repairs is not exact enough to escape notice when the repair is complete. Search for other materials and call the supervisor if unable to locate suitable pieces. If it is impossible to match material, may suggest a redesign of the garment, such as substituting leather inserts for fur or cloth. (2)
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Finding Information
  • Find information in pattern books. (1)
  • Search the work log to find what repairs were previously done on a coat. (1)
  • Consult technicians and refer to machine manuals to understand a sewing machine repair. (2)
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