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95105 – Labourers in textile processing and cutting

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. Labourers in textile cutting cut fabric, fur, or leather to make parts for garments, linens, shoes and other articles. Labourers in textile processing and cutting are employed by clothing and textile manufacturers and other manufacturers of fabric products such as leather and fur.


Example titles

  • Clothing cutter - clothing manufacturing
  • Doffer
  • Dyeing and finishing machine loader
  • Fabric cutter - fabric products manufacturing
  • Fur cutter
  • Glove cutter
  • Helper - textiles
  • Leather cutter
  • Sample cutter
  • Shoe cutter
  • Textile machine cleaner
  • Waste machine feeder
  • Yarn handler

Main duties

This group performs some or all of the following duties:
Labourers in textile processing
  • 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.
Fabric cutters
  • Place patterns on top of layers of fabric and cut fabric using electric or manual knives, cutters or computer numerically controlled (CNC) cutting devices
  • Adjust cutting technique to type of fabric and style of garment
  • May cut fabric samples.
Fur cutters
  • Cut fur skins in diagonal strips to specified length and shape of pelt using furrier's knives and cutters
  • Number pelts to indicate their location on pattern
  • May sort or match skins, and may prepare fur samples.
Leather cutters
  • Select leather and cutting dies for leather goods and shoe parts according to specifications
  • Position leather on cutting bed of machine, maximizing usage according to skin grain, skin flaws and skin stretch
  • Operate clicker or punch press to stretch leather
  • Operate machine to strip and cut leather or cut single leather skins by hand to make leather products
  • May cut leather samples.

Employment requirements

  • Some secondary school education may be required.
  • Experience as a fabric, fur or leather cutter is required for fabric, fur or leather sample cutters.
  • On-the-job training is provided for some occupations in this unit group.

Additional information

  • Progression to machine operator or supervisory positions is possible with experience.
  • There is little mobility among the different kinds of cutters in this unit group.


  • Machine operators and related workers in textile, fabric, fur and leather products processing and manufacturing (9413)
  • Supervisors, other products manufacturing and assembly (92024)
  • Supervisors, textile, fabric, fur and leather products processing and manufacturing (92015)
  • Tailors, dressmakers, furriers and milliners (64200)
  • Upholsterers (63221)
  • Shoe repairers and shoemakers (63220)

Breakdown summary

Broad occupational category
9 – Occupations in manufacturing and utilities
5 – Occupations usually require short-term work demonstration and no formal education
Major group
95 – Labourers in processing, manufacturing and utilities
Sub-major group
951 – Labourers in processing, manufacturing and utilities
Minor group
9510 – Labourers in processing, manufacturing and utilities
NOC 2021 Version 1.0
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