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9441 – Textile fibre and yarn, hide and pelt processing machine operators and workers

Textile fibre and yarn processing machine operators and workers operate machines to prepare textile fibres; spin, wind or twist yarn or thread; and bleach, dye or finish yarn, thread, cloth or textile products. They are employed by textile manufacturing companies. Hide and pelt processing machine operators and workers trim, scrape, clean, tan, buff and dye animal hides, pelts or skins to produce leather stock and finished furs. They are employed by leather tanning, fur dressing and leather and fur dyeing establishments.


Example titles

  • Autoclave tender - textile manufacturing
  • Bleaching range operator - textile manufacturing
  • Calender operator - textile manufacturing
  • Carding machine operator - textile manufacturing
  • Coater operator - textile manufacturing
  • Dyeing range operator - textile manufacturing
  • Fabric-printing machine operator
  • Finishing range operator - textile manufacturing
  • Leather buffer - hide and pelt processing
  • Leather stretcher - hide and pelt processing
  • Spinning operator - textile manufacturing
  • Tanner - hide and pelt processing
  • Twisting operator - textile manufacturing
  • Yarn doubler - textile manufacturing

Main duties

This group performs some or all of the following duties:
    Textile fibre and yarn processing machine operators and workers
    • Operate and feed machines that wash, mix, blend, pick, card, lap, comb or draw fibres and finish yarn
    • Operate spinning, twisting, winding or reeling machines
    • Operate a variety of machines to bleach, dye, coat or finish fabric, thread, yarn or other textile products
    • Mix dyes or chemicals according to established formulas
    • Operate machinery to print designs onto textile products
    • Oversee work area, examine products for defects and ensure adherence to quality standards
    • Investigate machine stoppages and notify supervisor or mechanic in the event of equipment malfunction
    • May set up machines and assist with maintenance and minor repairs to machinery.
    Hide and pelt processing machine operators and workers
    • Operate machines or use hand and powered cutting knives to remove unnecessary particles from hides, skins or pelts; shave or polish hides; and shear fur or wool hides to produce pelts with hair of specified or uniform lengths
    • Prepare solutions according to pre-established formulas and immerse hides, skins or pelts to clean, dehair, pickle, dye, oil, tan, soften and preserve
    • Adjust rotation and mixing action of vats according to state of pelts
    • Tint or dye furs to enhance natural shades of fur
    • May maintain and repair vats and other machinery.

Employment requirements

  • Completion of secondary school may be required.
  • On-the-job training is provided for periods up to several months, depending on the complexity of the process and the number of machines operated.

Additional information

  • Progression is possible within the group to operate more complex dye ranges and textile printing equipment.
  • Progression to supervisory positions in textile processing usually requires completion of a college program in textiles, chemistry or a related subject.
  • Progression to supervisory positions is possible with experience for fibre and yarn preparation machine operators and hide and pelt processing machine operators and workers.
  • There is some mobility among jobs in this unit group.


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