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9616 – Labourers in textile processing

Labourers in textile processing perform a variety of manual duties to assist in processing fibres into yarn or thread, or to assist in weaving, knitting, bleaching, dyeing or finishing textile fabrics or other textile products. They are employed by textile manufacturing companies.


Example titles

  • Doffer
  • Dyeing and finishing machine loader
  • Helper - textiles
  • Textile machine cleaner
  • Waste machine feeder
  • Yarn handler

Main duties

This group performs some or all of the following duties:
  • Load and off-load machines
  • Clean textile machines and work areas
  • Push carts, trucks, or cans of fibres from one work area to another
  • Assist machine operators and other textile workers as required.

Employment requirements

  • Some secondary school education may be required.

Additional information

  • Progression to machine operator positions is possible with experience.


Breakdown summary

Broad occupational category
9 – Occupations in manufacturing and utilities
Skill level
D – On-the-job training is usually provided for occupations.
Major group
96 – Labourers in processing, manufacturing and utilities
Minor group
961 – Labourers in processing, manufacturing and utilities
Associated Career Handbook profiles
9616.0 – Labourers in textile processing
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