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Pressers, Textile, Garment, and Related Materials

Press or shape articles by hand or machine.

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    Work Activities

    Work Activities

    • Hang, fold, package, and tag finished articles for delivery to customers.
    • Operate steam, hydraulic, or other pressing machines to remove wrinkles from garments and flatwork items, or to shape, form, or patch articles.
    • Straighten, smooth, or shape materials to prepare them for pressing.
    • Remove finished pieces from pressing machines and hang or stack them for cooling, or forward them for additional processing.
    • Finish pleated garments, determining sizes of pleats from evidence of old pleats or from work orders, using machine presses or hand irons.
    • Lower irons, rams, or pressing heads of machines into position over material to be pressed.
    • Identify and treat spots on garments.
    • Shrink, stretch, or block articles by hand to conform to original measurements, using forms, blocks, and steam.
    • Finish fancy garments such as evening gowns and costumes, using hand irons to produce high quality finishes.
    • Push and pull irons over surfaces of articles to smooth or shape them.
    • Finish pants, jackets, shirts, skirts and other dry-cleaned and laundered articles, using hand irons.
    • Slide material back and forth over heated, metal, ball-shaped forms to smooth and press portions of garments that cannot be satisfactorily pressed with flat pressers or hand irons.
    • Select appropriate pressing machines, based on garment properties such as heat tolerance.
    • Use covering cloths to prevent equipment from damaging delicate fabrics.
    • Spray water over fabric to soften fibers when not using steam irons.
    • Position materials such as cloth garments, felt, or straw on tables, dies, or feeding mechanisms of pressing machines, or on ironing boards or work tables.
    • Examine and measure finished articles to verify conformance to standards, using measuring devices such as tape measures and micrometers.
    • Moisten materials to soften and smooth them.
    • Measure fabric to specifications, cut uneven edges with shears, fold material, and press it with an iron to form a heading.
    • Finish velvet garments by steaming them on bucks of hot-head presses or steam tables, and brushing pile (nap) with handbrushes.
    • Clean and maintain pressing machines, using cleaning solutions and lubricants.
    • Insert heated metal forms into ties and touch up rough places with hand irons.
    • Press ties on small pressing machines.
    • Activate and adjust machine controls to regulate temperature and pressure of rollers, ironing shoes, or plates, according to specifications.
    • Block or shape knitted garments after cleaning.
    • Brush materials made of suede, leather, or felt to remove spots or to raise and smooth naps.
    • Sew ends of new material to leaders or to ends of material in pressing machines, using sewing machines.
    • Select, install, and adjust machine components, including pressing forms, rollers, and guides, using hoists and hand tools.

    Skills

    • Operation and Control

      Controlling operations of equipment or systems.

    • Critical Thinking

      Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions, or approaches to problems.

    • Operations Monitoring

      Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.

    WorkKeys®

    Applied Math
    3
    Workplace Documents
    3
    Graphic Literacy
    3

    Abilities

    • Manual Dexterity

      The ability to quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.

    • Arm-Hand Steadiness

      The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.

    • Control Precision

      The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.

    Knowledge

    • Customer and Personal Service

      Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.

    • Production and Processing

      Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.

    • English Language

      Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

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    • Currently Employed 1,510
    • Yearly Projected Openings 120

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    Personality

    Realistic: People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions.They do well at jobs that need:
    • Attention to Detail
    • Integrity
    • Dependability
    • Independence
    • Stress Tolerance
    • Innovation

    Tools

    • Steam pressing machines
    • Shears
    • Ironing machines or presses
    • Clothing hangers
    • Adjustable wrenches

    Technology

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    • Spreadsheet software
    • Electronic mail software

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