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Upholsterers

OaSIS code 63221.00

Upholsterers cover furniture, fixtures and similar items with fabric, leather or other upholstery materials.

Overview

Also known as

  • Automobile upholsterer
  • Custom upholsterer
  • Furniture upholsterer
  • Upholsterer
  • Upholstery repairer

Main duties

This group performs some or all of the following duties:

  • Discuss upholstery fabric, colour, and style with customers and provide cost estimate for upholstering furniture or other items
  • Lay out, measure and cut upholstery materials according to sketches or design specifications
  • Replace worn-out webbing, springs and other furniture parts using hand and power tools
  • Operate sewing machines or sew upholstery materials by hand to seam cushions and join sections of covering materials
  • Install padding and underlays and fasten covering materials to furniture frames
  • Tack, glue or sew ornamental trim, braids or buttons on upholstered items
  • Lay out, cut, fabricate and install upholstery in aircrafts, motor vehicles, railway cars, boats and ships
  • May repair furniture frames and refinish wood surfaces
  • May make upholstery patterns from sketches, customer descriptions or blueprints
  • May install, fabricate, maintain and repair interior components of aircraft, such as seats, coverings, drapes, cargo nets, flooring, closets, bins and panels.

Additional information

  • Progression to supervisory positions is possible with experience.

Similar occupations classified elsewhere

Exclusions:

  • Furniture and fixture assemblers, finishers, refinishers and inspectors (94210)

NOC hierarchy breakdown

NOC version

NOC 2021 Version 1.0

Broad occupational category

6 – Sales and service occupations

TEER

3 – Occupations usually require a college diploma or apprenticeship training of less than two years; or more than six months of on-the-job training

Major group

63 – Occupations in sales and services

Sub-major group

632 – Occupations in services

Minor group

6322 – Shoe repairers, shoemakers and upholsterers

Unit group

63221 – Upholsterers

Occupational profile

63221.00 – Upholsterers

Work characteristics

Work characteristics gathers the various components describing the work environment of each occupation, such as employers, work activities, and the work context. Each category displays up to 10 descriptors in descending order based, firstly, on their attributed ratings by the level of complexity (for Work Activities) or other measurement dimensions (for Work Context), and secondly, in alphabetical order. The whole list of descriptors and their ratings can be expanded at the bottom of each page.

Work Activities

Proficiency or complexity level
Handling and Moving Objects
5 - Highest Level
Controlling Machines and Processes
3 - Moderate Level
Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance
3 - Moderate Level
Mechanical Maintenance
3 - Moderate Level
Monitoring Processes, Materials, or Surroundings
3 - Moderate Level

Work Context

Structural Job Characteristics

Structured versus Unstructured Work
Degree of freedom to determine tasks and priorities
3 - Moderate amount of freedom
Work Week Duration
Worked hours in a typical week
2 - Between 35 to 40 hours

Physical Work Environment

Physical Proximity
Physical distance from others
3 - Somewhat close (e.g. share office)

Physical Demands

Sitting
Duration
1 - Very little time
Standing
Duration
5 - All the time, or almost all the time
Bending or Twisting the Body
Duration
3 - About half the time

Interpersonal Relations

Contact with Others
Frequency
2 - Once a month or more but not every week
Duration
2 - Less than half the time
Work with Work Group or Team
Importance
2 - Somewhat important
Frequency
2 - Once a month or more but not every week

Workplaces/employers

  • Furniture repair shops
  • Furniture retail outlets
  • Furniture, aircraft, motor vehicle and other manufacturing companies
  • Self-employment

Skills and abilities

This section displays the various competencies required for an occupation. Each category displays up to 10 descriptors in descending order based, firstly, on their attributed ratings by the level of proficiency (for Skills and Abilities) or importance (for Personal Attributes) and secondly, in alphabetical order. The whole list of descriptors and their ratings can be expanded at the bottom of each page.

Abilities

Proficiency or complexity level
Colour Perception
4 - High Level
Arm-Hand Steadiness
3 - Moderate Level
Body Flexibility
3 - Moderate Level
Control of Settings
3 - Moderate Level
Finger Dexterity
3 - Moderate Level

Skills

Proficiency or complexity level
Equipment and Tool Selection
3 - Moderate Level
Product Design
3 - Moderate Level
Quality Control Testing
3 - Moderate Level
Repairing
3 - Moderate Level
Critical Thinking
2 - Low Level

Personal Attributes

Importance
Attention to Detail
4 - Highly important
Active Learning
3 - Important
Adaptability
2 - Somewhat important
Analytical Thinking
2 - Somewhat important
Collaboration
2 - Somewhat important