Textile Bleaching/Dyeing Machine Worker

What They Do

Textile Bleaching and Dyeing Machine Operators and Tenders Career Video

Operates or tends machines to bleach, shrink, wash, dye, or finish textiles or synthetic or glass fibers.

This career is part of the Manufacturing cluster Production pathway.

A person in this career:

  • Adds dyes, water, detergents, or chemicals to tanks to dilute or strengthen solutions, according to established formulas and solution test results.
  • Notifies supervisors or mechanics of equipment malfunctions.
  • Adjusts equipment controls to maintain specified heat, tension, and speed.
  • Observes display screens, control panels, equipment, and cloth entering or exiting processes to determine if equipment is operating correctly.
  • Prepares dyeing machines for production runs, and conducts test runs of machines to ensure their proper operation.
  • Monitors factors such as temperatures and dye flow rates to ensure that they are within specified ranges.
  • Starts and controls machines and equipment to wash, bleach, dye, or otherwise process and finish fabric, yarn, thread, or other textile goods.
  • Examines and feels products to identify defects and variations from coloring and other processing standards.
  • Records production information such as fabric yardage processed, temperature readings, fabric tensions, and machine speeds.
  • Tests solutions used to process textile goods to detect variations from standards.

Working Conditions and Physical Demands

People who do this job report that:

  • You would often handle loads up to 20 lbs., sometimes up to 50 lbs. You might do a lot of lifting, carrying, pushing or pulling.
  • Work in this occupation involves bending or twisting your body more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves use of protective items such as safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hearing protection, a hard hat, or personal flotation devices
  • Exposure to pollutants, gases, dust, fumes, odors, poor ventilation, etc.
  • Conditions are very hot (above 90 F) or very cold (under 32 F)
  • Work in this occupation involves using your hands to hold, control, and feel objects more than one-third of the time
  • Exposed to conditions such as high voltage electricity, combustibles, explosives, and chemicals more than once a month
  • Work in this occupation requires being inside most of the time
  • Sound and noise levels are loud and distracting
  • Work in this occupation involves making repetitive motions more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves standing more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves walking or running more than one-third of the time

Working in this career involves (physical activities):

  • Identifying color and seeing differences in color, including shades and brightness
  • Seeing clearly up close
  • Speaking clearly enough to be able to be understood by others
  • Identifying and understanding the speech of another person

Work Hours and Travel

  • Rotating shift work

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