Textile Bleaching and Dyeing Machine Operators and Tenders

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About the Job

Operate or tend machines to bleach, shrink, wash, dye, or finish textiles or synthetic or glass fibers.

It is also Called

  • Yarn Dyer
  • Wool Washing Machine Operator
  • Wool Dyer
  • Whitener
  • Wet Finisher
  • Washer
  • Warp Dyeing Vat Tender
  • Warp Dyeing Tender
  • Vat Tender
  • Tub Tender

What They Do

  • Creel machines with bobbins or twine.
  • Install, level, and align components such as gears, chains, dies, cutters, and needles.
  • Ravel seams that connect cloth ends when processing is completed.
  • Perform machine maintenance, such as cleaning and oiling equipment, and repair or replace worn or defective parts.
  • Mount rolls of cloth on machines, using hoists, or place textile goods in machines or pieces of equipment.
  • Thread ends of cloth or twine through specified sections of equipment prior to processing.
  • Soak specified textile products for designated times.
  • Key in processing instructions to program electronic equipment.
  • Sew ends of cloth together, by hand or using machines, to form endless lengths of cloth to facilitate processing.
  • Weigh ingredients to be mixed together for use in textile processing.

Interests

People who work in this occupation generally have the interest code: R.

This means people who work in this occupation generally have Realistic interests.

Work Values

People who work in this occupation generally prize Support, but also value Relationships and Independence in their jobs.

Things They Need to Know

  • Production and Processing - Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.
  • Chemistry - Knowledge of the chemical composition, structure, and properties of substances and of the chemical processes and transformations that they undergo. This includes uses of chemicals and their interactions, danger signs, production techniques, and disposal methods.
  • Public Safety and Security - Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.
  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

Things They Need to Be Able to Do

  • Operation Monitoring - Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
  • Operation and Control - Controlling operations of equipment or systems.
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Quality Control Analysis - Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.
  • Coordination - Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

Education Required

These occupations usually require a high school diploma.

LMI Region

Wages

In 2013, the average annual wage in United States was $25,710 with most people making between $18,300 and $35,580

Outlook

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avg. annual growth

During 2010, this occupation employed approximately 13,000 people in United States. It is projected that there will be 11,000 employed in 2020.

This occupation will have about 0 openings due to growth and about 1,000 replacement openings for approximately 1,000 total annual openings.