Explore Careers - Job Market Report
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 Edmonton Region
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.
Local Employment Potential Information
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Local Labour Market NewsWeek of Nov 25 - Nov 29, 2013
- Enform, the safety association for Canada's upstream oil and gas industry, is spending $3.7M to add new courses and expand its training program at the Nisku Centre
- MCL Waste Systems is planning a $22M waste processing and recycling facility for Drayton Valley. The project, which has already received $10M from the Alberta carbon tax fund, plans to produce a pelleted end product that can be used for energy production.
- Saipem Canada has opened Alberta's first indoor module construction and assembly facility in Edmonton. The new plant, which will be in full production by early spring 2014, will be hiring hundreds of tradespersons to meet the production target of more than 25 modules per month.
- Suncor Energy Inc. and Strathcona County are partnering to build a new water main for Suncor's refinery in Sherwood Park. The $5M line will provide the refinery with an emergency back-up water source.
- The City of Edmonton is planning $168M in infrastructure improvements starting in 2015 to alleviate flooding in parts of the city
- The Canadian Welding Bureau has started construction on a training, certification and testing facility in Nisku
- BCM Developments has announced plans for the Edmontonian, a 71-storey office, condominium and hotel high-rise in downtown Edmonton. The building, designed to be the tallest in Western Canada, will be situated near the downtown arena project.
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