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Operators in this unit group operate machines to process yarn or thread into woven, non-woven and knitted products such as cloth, lace, carpets, rope, industrial fabric, hosiery and knitted garments or to quilt and embroider fabric. This unit group also includes workers who perform activities such as reproducing patterns, drawing-in and tying warps and setting up looms. They are employed by textile companies and by garment and mattress manufacturing companies.
carpet weaver, drawer-in, drawing-in machine operator, embroidery machine operator, hosiery knitter, knitter – textiles, knitting machine operator, loom operator, mattress sewing machine operator, pinning machine operator, quilting machine operator, tufting operator, warp knitting machine tender, warp tier-in, weaver – textiles.
- Set up looms or other processing machines
- Read loom patterns and prepare loom pattern mechanisms for processing
- Operate looms to weave yarn or thread into textile fabrics or products
- Operate machines that produce twine, ropes or nets
- Operate batteries of knitting machines to produce knitted fabric, hosiery, garments or other products
- Operate carpet tufting machines, felt making needle-punch machines and other machines to produce textile products
- Operate large automatic multi-needle machines to embroider material or to sew lengths of several layers of material to make yard goods, quilts or mattress coverings
- Patrol machines and check fabrics or products for defects and to verify efficient operation
- Investigate machine stoppages
- Repair minor mechanical problems such as broken or defective needles
- Notify supervisor or repairers of mechanical malfunctions.
Outlook & Prospects for Weavers, Knitters and Other Fabric-Making Occupations in Newfoundland and Labrador
The future forecast and current conditions for an occupation can vary based on location or due to changes in the economy, technology, or demand for a product or service.
National Outlook ¿ 10-Year Projection (2011-2020)
This section provides labour demand and labour supply projections for this occupation over the 2011-2020 period.
Note: The tables, graphs and middle paragraph shown under this section display updated 2011-2020 projection results. The remaining narrative text (2009-2018 projections) will be updated shortly. We apologize for the inconvenience.
The data in the following table are derived from HRSDC¿s Canadian Occupational Projection System (COPS). COPS uses a variety of models to produce a detailed 10-year labour market projection per broad skill level and per occupation at the national level, which focuses on the trends of labour supply and labour demand over the next ten years.
This occupation (Weavers, Knitters and Other Fabric-Making Occupations) is part of a larger occupational group called Machine Operators and Related Workers in Textile Processing (NOC 944).
|Occupations in this group||
Textile Fibre and Yarn Preparation Machine Operators (9441)
Weavers, Knitters and Other Fabric-Making Occupations (9442)
Textile Dyeing and Finishing Machine Operators (9443)
Textile Inspectors, Graders and Samplers (9444)
|Employment (non-student) in 2010||7,680|
|Median Age of workers in 2010||44|
|Average Retirement Age in 2010||63|
Occupation Projection for Canada
Over the 2008-2010 period, this occupation saw a significant drop in employment after several years of decreases. The unemployment rate decreased and in 2010 was at the average for all occupations. The average hourly wage increased at the same rate as the average for all occupations, but still remained much lower than the average. According to key labour market indicators, the number of job seekers was more than sufficient to fill job openings in this occupation.
Over the 2011-2020 period, an occupation will be in excess demand (a shortage of workers) if the projected number of job openings is significantly greater than the projected number of job seekers. An occupation will be in excess supply (a surplus of workers) if the projected number of job openings is smaller than the projected number of job seekers. For Machine Operators And Related Workers In Textile Processing, over the 2011-2020 period, job openings (arising from expansion demand and replacement demand) are expected to total 750 and 2,066 job seekers (arising from school leavers, immigration and mobility) are expected to be available to fill the job openings.
Based on projections and considering that labour supply in this occupation exceeded demand, it is expected that the number of job seekers in this occupation will remain greater than the number of job openings over the 2011-2020 period. With regard to expansion demand, the job losses observed for several years will continue over the projection period. In fact, over the 2001-2010 period, the textile industry faced very strong foreign competition, particularly from countries where the cost of labour is low. This competition was exacerbated by a decrease in trade barriers, appreciation of the Canadian dollar and the 2008-2009 recession. All of these factors led to the elimination of several positions in this occupation. Over the projection period, the drop in employment will be less substantial as businesses the most exposed to foreign competition will have closed their doors and others will make changes by investing in machinery and equipment to improve productivity or by turning to more specialized products with greater added value. Retirement will scarcely be able to make up for job losses in spite of a higher-than-average retirement rate. Consequently, there will be very few job openings. In terms of labour supply, most job seekers will come from immigration. The proportion of immigrants in this occupation is one of the highest among all occupations. School leavers will make up an appreciable share of the job seekers over the projection period. Part of this labour supply will, however, be countered by the departure of many workers who will leave this occupation for another in reaction to the job losses and poor wage conditions.
This Chart contains data for Projection of Job Openings vs. Job Seekers for Canada. Information is available in the following tables.
|Other Replacement Demand||194||26%|
|Projected Job Openings||750||100%|
|Projected Job Seekers||2,066||100%|
In which industry or sector do people in this occupation find jobs in Canada?
This table shows the industry and sectors employing the highest number of people in this occupation.
|Industry / Sector||%|
|Professional, scientific and technical services||2.40|
What proportion of people in this occupation work full-time?
This occupation (Weavers, Knitters and Other Fabric-Making Occupations) is part of a larger group called Machine Operators and Related Workers in Textile Processing (NOC 944). According to the Labour Force Survey (2012), 93% of workers in this group worked full-time, compared to the average of 81% for all occupations.
What is the proportion of women working in this occupation?
This occupation (Weavers, Knitters and Other Fabric-Making Occupations) is part of a larger group called Machine Operators and Related Workers in Textile Processing (NOC 944). According to the Labour Force Survey (2012), women represented
What percentage of people in this occupation are members of a union?
The data from the Labour Force Survey (2012) regarding the percentage of people in this occupation who are part of a union are not sufficiently reliable to be published.
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