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Textile Bleaching and Dyeing Machine Operators and Tenders

Operate or tend machines to bleach, shrink, wash, dye, or finish textiles or synthetic or glass fibers.

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    Work Activities

    Work Activities

    • Weigh ingredients to be mixed together for use in textile processing.
    • Add dyes, water, detergents, or chemicals to tanks to dilute or strengthen solutions, according to established formulas and solution test results.
    • Notify supervisors or mechanics of equipment malfunctions.
    • Adjust equipment controls to maintain specified heat, tension, and speed.
    • Observe display screens, control panels, equipment, and cloth entering or exiting processes to determine if equipment is operating correctly.
    • Prepare dyeing machines for production runs, and conduct test runs of machines to ensure their proper operation.
    • Monitor factors such as temperatures and dye flow rates to ensure that they are within specified ranges.
    • Start and control machines and equipment to wash, bleach, dye, or otherwise process and finish fabric, yarn, thread, or other textile goods.
    • Examine and feel products to identify defects and variations from coloring and other processing standards.
    • Record production information such as fabric yardage processed, temperature readings, fabric tensions, and machine speeds.
    • Sew ends of cloth together, by hand or using machines, to form endless lengths of cloth to facilitate processing.
    • Key in processing instructions to program electronic equipment.
    • Test solutions used to process textile goods to detect variations from standards.
    • Remove dyed articles from tanks and machines for drying and further processing.
    • Soak specified textile products for designated times.
    • Study guides, charts, and specification sheets, and confer with supervisors to determine machine setup requirements.
    • Confer with coworkers to get information about order details, processing plans, or problems that occur.
    • Thread ends of cloth or twine through specified sections of equipment prior to processing.
    • Mount rolls of cloth on machines, using hoists, or place textile goods in machines or pieces of equipment.
    • Inspect machinery to determine necessary adjustments and repairs.
    • Perform machine maintenance, such as cleaning and oiling equipment, and repair or replace worn or defective parts.
    • Ravel seams that connect cloth ends when processing is completed.
    • Install, level, and align components such as gears, chains, dies, cutters, and needles.
    • Creel machines with bobbins or twine.


    • Operations Monitoring

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

    • Operation and Control

      Controlling operations of equipment or systems.

    • Active Listening

      Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.


    Applied Math
    Workplace Documents
    Graphic Literacy


    • 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.

    • Near Vision

      The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).


    • Production and Processing

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

    • Chemistry

      Knowledge of the chemical composition, structure, and properties of substances and of the chemical processes and transformations that they undergo. This includes uses of chemicals and their interactions, danger signs, production techniques, and disposal methods.

    • Mathematics

      Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.

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    Realistic: People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions.They do well at jobs that need:
    • Dependability
    • Cooperation
    • Self Control
    • Attention to Detail
    • Concern for Others
    • Initiative


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