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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.   (O'Net 51-6061.00)

 
Reported job titles:   Ager, Ager Operator, Ager Tender, Aging Box Hand, Ammonia Box Operator, Ammonia Box Tender, Ash Kier Boiler, Autoclave Operator, Automation Clerk, Automation Operator, Automation Tender, Back Washer, Bag Bleacher, Bark Tanner, Beam Dyer, Beam Dyer Operator, Beck Operator, Blancher, Blanching Machine Operator, Bleach Machine Operator, Bleach Range Operator, Bleacher, Chain Dyer, Chief Tire Fabric Impregnating Range Operator, Cloth Boil Off Machine Operator, Cloth Colorer, Cloth Dye-Range Operator, Cloth Dyer, Cloth Finisher, Cloth Finishing Range Operator, Cloth Finishing Range Tender, Cloth Painter, Cloth Shader, Cloth Shrinker, Cloth Shrinking Machine Operator, Cloth Washer, Cloth Washer Operator, Color Blender, Color Grinder, Color Maker, Dyer, Color Matcher, Color Room Attendant, Colorer, Coloring Machine Operator, Colorist Dyer, Compensator Worker, Drug Room Clerk, Drug Room Operator, Drug Worker, Dryer Operator, Dye and Chemical Coordinator, Dye Automation Operator, Dye Box Operator, Dye Can Operator, Dye Colorist Dyer, Dye Feeder, Dye House Hand, Dye House Helper, Dye House Supervisor, Dye House Vat Worker, Dye House Wheel Operator, Dye House Worker, Dye Jig Operator, Dye Line Operator, Dye Machine Operator, Dye Operator, Dye Padder Operator, Dye Range Operator, Dye Range Tender, Dye Reel Operator, Dye Tank Tender, Dye Tub Operator, Dye Tub Tender, Dye Worker, Dye-Reel Operator, Dye-Tank Tender, Dye-Tub Operator, Dyed Yarn Operator, Dyehouse Worker, Dyer, Dyer Helper, End Worker, Fabric Finisher, Felt Carbonizer, Felt Washing Machine Tender, Finisher Operator, Finishing Frame Runner, Finishing Machine Operator, Finishing Machine Tender, Finishing Room Operator, First Dyer, Formula Maker, Ink Jet Operator, Jet Dyeing Machine Operator, Jet Dyeing Machine Tender, Jet Operator, Jig Box Operator, Jig Hand, Jig Operator, Jig Worker, Jigger, Jigger Operator, Kettle Coordinator, Kettle Loader, Kettle Tender, Kier Boiler, Kier Hand, Kier Operator, Kier Pleater, Kier Tender, Knit Goods Washer, Laundry Machine Operator, Laundry Machine Tender, Leather Polisher, Leather Tanner, Lime Puller, Limer, Machine Dyer, Machine Operator, Machine Whitener, Manufacturing Assistant, Manufacturing Associate, Manufacturing Operator, Open Developer Operator, Package Dyeing Machine Operator, Padding Machine Operator, Panelboard Operator, Patch Washer, Pegger, Piece Dyer, Printer Operator, Quebracho Tanner, Re Dye Hand, Retanner, Rope Silica Machine Operator, Rotary Drum Dyer, Rotary Dryer Operator, Rug Dyer, Sample Dye Mixer, Scouring Train Operator, Scrubbing Machine Operator, Shrinker, Shrinking Machine Operator, Silk Conditioner, Silk Finisher, Silk Washing Machine Operator, Sizer, Skein Bleacher, Skein Dyer, Skein Washer, Skein Yarn Dyer, Skin Tanner, Staining Machine Operator, Strike Off Machine Operator, Tanner, Tanning Drum Operator, Tanning Wheel Operator, Tanyard Worker, Tender Coordinator, Tenter Frame Operator, Tin Whiz Machine Operator, Treater, Tub Operator, Tub Tender, Vat Tender, Warp Dyeing Tender, Warp Dyeing Vat Tender, Washer, Water Jet Operator, Wet Finisher, Whitener, Wool Dyer, Wool Washing Machine Operator, Yarn Dyer
 
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    Wages
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    Industries of Employment
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    Industry Percent of Total
    2014
    Textile mills 79.3%
    Textile product mills 12.1%
    Apparel manufacturing 4.7%
    Leather and allied product manufacturing 1.8%
    Self-employed workers, all industries 0.7%
    source: Employment Projections, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, National Employment Matrix, released July 2016.
     


    Tasks
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  • 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.
     
  • Test solutions used to process textile goods to detect variations from standards.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Textile Bleaching and Dyeing Machine Operators and Tenders  updated June 2007
     


    Knowledge
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  • Administration and Management - Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
     
  • 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.
     
  • Clerical - Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.
     
  • Computers and Electronics - Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
     
  • 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.
     
  • Education and Training - Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
     
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
     
  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
     
  • Mechanical - Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
     
  • Physics - Knowledge and prediction of physical principles, laws, their interrelationships, and applications to understanding fluid, material, and atmospheric dynamics, and mechanical, electrical, atomic and sub- atomic structures and processes.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Textile Bleaching and Dyeing Machine Operators and Tenders  updated June 2007
     


    Skills
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  • Operation 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.
     
  • Quality Control Analysis - Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.
     
  • Coordination - Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
     
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
     
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
     
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Textile Bleaching and Dyeing Machine Operators and Tenders  updated June 2010
     


    Abilities
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  • 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).
     
  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
     
  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
     
  • Finger Dexterity - The ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects.
     
  • Information Ordering - The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
     
  • Selective Attention - The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.
     
  • Speech Recognition - The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
     
  • Deductive Reasoning - The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Textile Bleaching and Dyeing Machine Operators and Tenders  updated June 2007
     


    Work Activities
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  • Getting Information - Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
     
  • Processing Information - Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or verifying information or data.
     
  • Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material - Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials to identify the cause of errors or other problems or defects.
     
  • Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings - Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems.
     
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates - Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.
     
  • Handling and Moving Objects - Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things.
     
  • Performing General Physical Activities - Performing physical activities that require considerable use of your arms and legs and moving your whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling of materials.
     
  • Controlling Machines and Processes - Using either control mechanisms or direct physical activity to operate machines or processes (not including computers or vehicles).
     
  • Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards - Using relevant information and individual judgment to determine whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.
     
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events - Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Textile Bleaching and Dyeing Machine Operators and Tenders  updated June 2007
     


    Interests
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  • Realistic - Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Textile Bleaching and Dyeing Machine Operators and Tenders  updated June 2008
     


    Work Styles
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  • Dependability - Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.
     
  • Cooperation - Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.
     
  • Self Control - Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations.
     
  • Attention to Detail - Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.
     
  • Concern for Others - Job requires being sensitive to others' needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job.
     
  • Initiative - Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.
     
  • Adaptability/Flexibility - Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace.
     
  • Independence - Job requires developing one's own ways of doing things, guiding oneself with little or no supervision, and depending on oneself to get things done.
     
  • Integrity - Job requires being honest and ethical.
     
  • Achievement/Effort - Job requires establishing and maintaining personally challenging achievement goals and exerting effort toward mastering tasks.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Textile Bleaching and Dyeing Machine Operators and Tenders  updated June 2007
     


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    Education and Training Requirements
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  • Job Zone Two: Some Preparation Needed
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  • Education: These occupations usually require a high school diploma.
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  • Training: Employees in these occupations need anywhere from a few months to one year of working with experienced employees. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.
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  • Experience: Some previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is usually needed. For example, a teller would benefit from experience working directly with the public.
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    source: Occupational Information Network: Textile Bleaching and Dyeing Machine Operators and Tenders  updated June 2007
     


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    source: Occupational Information Network: Textile Bleaching and Dyeing Machine Operators and Tenders 
     

     
     
     
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