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NOC Code: NOC Code: 9447b Occupation: Inspectors and graders, fabric, fur and leather products manufacturing
Occupation Description: Occupation Description:
Inspectors and testers in this unit group inspect and grade hides, pelts and leather, or garments and other manufactured fabric, fur and leather products. They are employed by leather tanning and fur dressing establishments or by garment, fur and leather products manufacturers. Inspectors and testers in this unit group inspect and grade hides, pelts and leather, or garments and other manufactured fabric, fur and leather products. They are employed by leather tanning and fur dressing establishments or by garment, fur and leather products manufacturers.

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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 3
Scheduling or Budgeting and Accounting Scheduling or Budgeting and Accounting 1 2
Measurement and Calculation Measurement and Calculation 1 2
Data Analysis Data Analysis 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
Finding Information Finding Information 1 2 3


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Reading
  • Read order sheets indicating where bundles of fur or leather are to be delivered. (1)
  • Read company bulletins describing grading changes to apply to inspection procedures. (2)
  • Read customer procedure books, explaining specifications for particular custom orders. (2)
  • Read government rules and regulations regarding trapping and changes in policies. (3)
  • Read plant manuals to review machine operation information. (3)
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Writing
  • Complete reports of shipments, including details of transportation and types of furs. (1)
  • Write notes to salespeople asking questions regarding specific instructions from customers. (1)
  • Fill in tags with specific instructions from customers. (1)
  • Complete government records and permits. (1)
  • Complete forms relating to fur consignment and payment to trappers. (1)
  • Write notes to keep track of work completed or as reminders of work to complete. (1)
  • Fill in repair notices when machines are not working properly. (1)
  • Write letters to customers concerning orders of fur products. (2)
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Document Use
  • Read sewing labels which identify particular sewing operations and the work of individual sewers. (1)
  • Read tags on fur bundles stating the number of pieces in the bundle. (1)
  • Read customer lists which show the type of leather requested and the quantities and quality required. (1)
  • Read tags on each load, indicating the customer, type and grade of leather, specific instructions and the number of pieces in the order. (1)
  • Check off sewing defects on defect sheets, indicating the parts of garments which are defective and the types of defects encountered. This sheet is returned to sewing groups along with the defective clothing for repairs. (1)
  • Read order tags and truck manifests to verify their accuracy or track orders. (2)
  • Complete invoices with customer specifications. (2)
  • Fill in sheets to record the grades, weights and values of furs. (2)
  • Use garment measurement specification tables to find measurements for various sizes of garments. (2)
  • Complete forms for fish and wildlife departments showing the number of furs from each species of animal over a period of time. (2)
  • Read invoices and shipping forms for furs coming from other stores. (2)
  • Read charts displaying stretching and cleaning procedures for furs. (3)
  • Use charts showing allowable dimensions for different grades of pelt within a species in order to sort pelts by dimension and quality. (3)
  • Read pricing forms and records of consignment from fur auctions to obtain an understanding of the factors which affect fur pricing. (3)
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Digital Technology
  • Use computer-controlled equipment. For example, use computerized measuring machines to measure the dimensions of hides. (1)
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Oral Communication
  • Communicate with assistants to assign tasks such as tagging and sorting products. (1)
  • Interact with suppliers to place orders. (1)
  • Participate in staff meetings to discuss work processes and defect statistics. (2)
  • Communicate with customers to discuss their needs and complaints and to suggest options for their orders. (2)
  • Explain governmental policy changes on trapping to trappers and negotiate prices with them for consignment furs. (2)
  • Interact with supervisors to discuss problems and work assignments, clarify instructions and explore changes in grading regulations. (2)
  • Discuss the division of work, goals, processes and grading problems with other inspectors, folders and finishers. (2)
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Money Math
  • Calculate the prices and total revenue received from shipments of furs. (2)
  • Calculate payments to trappers for various grades of pelts of different species, including discounts and taxes. (3)
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Scheduling or Budgeting and Accounting
  • Schedule staffing, transportation and time allotments for work to be conducted in expected peak periods for fur handling. (2)
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Measurement and Calculation
  • Measure seam lengths, comparing the result to the ideal measurement found on the sizing chart. (1)
  • Weigh bales, bundles and boxes of fur. (1)
  • Measure the length and width of pelts to categorize them before grading for quality. (1)
  • Measure hide dimensions using computerized machinery to record the total square feet of hide produced per day. (2)
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Data Analysis
  • Compare defect statistics, looking at the number of errors in different categories in order to reduce errors. (1)
  • Monitor auction prices and calculate average prices for different grades to negotiate prices with trappers. (2)
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Numerical Estimation
  • Estimate how long it will take to complete orders, taking into account the size of the order and the volume of other work. (2)
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Job Task Planning and Organizing
  • Inspectors and testers in fabric, fur and leather products manufacturing receive their work schedules from their supervisors. Their work is repetitive, taking bundles of products and grading them according to established standards. Their days are prioritized by supervisors, according to deadlines and customer and trapper needs. They co-ordinate their workplan with production and quality control managers, reprioritizing their tasks as necessary to respond to urgent orders or to address particular quality issues. (2)
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Decision Making
  • Decide which employee is best suited for a specific task. (2)
  • Decide whether flawed materials should be downgraded, rejected or trimmed. (2)
  • Make quality decisions such as whether measurements are close enough, whether seams are sewn properly and whether to send garments with defects back to the sewers. (2)
  • Decide, after evaluating furs, what value and grade to give them, based on the texture, colour and thickness of the fur. (3)
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Problem Solving
  • A shipment has arrived at the destination without invoices. Redo paperwork to make sure the invoice is available. (2)
  • A client is dissatisfied with the way the fabric hangs. Find solutions, such as taking garments apart and putting them back together again. (2)
  • There are too many pieces to inspect and fold. In these cases, seek out ways to be more efficient. (2)
  • There are flaws on garments, such as poorly sewn and finished seams, top stitching, hanging or loose threads and marks on the fabric. Determine how best to repair these flaws or notify operators. (2)
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Finding Information
  • Consult clients to determine their likes and dislikes in regard to products and styles. (1)
  • Find information about trapping regulations from government publications. (2)
  • Get information about fur supply and prices from a variety of sources such as trappers, stores and fur auctions. (3)
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