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

  • Ager
  • Ager Operator
  • Ager Tender
  • Aging Box Hand
  • Ammonia Box Operator
  • Ammonia Box Tender
  • Ash Kier Boiler
  • Autoclave Operator
  • Back Washer
  • Bag Bleacher

What They Do

  • Add dyes, water, detergents, or chemicals to tanks to dilute or strengthen solutions, according to established formulas and solution test results.
  • Notify supervisors or mechanics of equipment malfunctions.
  • Adjust equipment controls to maintain specified heat, tension, and speed.
  • Observe display screens, control panels, equipment, and cloth entering or exiting processes to determine if equipment is operating correctly.
  • Prepare dyeing machines for production runs, and conduct test runs of machines to ensure their proper operation.
  • Monitor factors such as temperatures and dye flow rates to ensure that they are within specified ranges.
  • Start and control machines and equipment to wash, bleach, dye, or otherwise process and finish fabric, yarn, thread, or other textile goods.
  • Examine and feel products to identify defects and variations from coloring and other processing standards.
  • Record production information such as fabric yardage processed, temperature readings, fabric tensions, and machine speeds.
  • Test solutions used to process textile goods to detect variations from standards.

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.