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Inspectors and Testers, Fabric, Fur and Leather Manufacturing(9447)

Inspectors and testers in this unit group inspect and grade hides, pelts and leather, or garments and other manufactured fabric, fur and leather products. They are employed by leather tanning and fur dressing establishments or by garment, fur and leather products manufacturers.

Reading Help - Reading
  • Read order sheets indicating where bundles of fur or leather are to be delivered. (1)
  • Read company bulletins describing grading changes to apply to inspection procedures. (2)
  • Read customer procedure books, explaining specifications for particular custom orders. (2)
  • Read government rules and regulations regarding trapping and changes in policies. (3)
  • Read plant manuals to review machine operation information. (3)
Document use Help - Document use
  • Read sewing labels which identify particular sewing operations and the work of individual sewers. (1)
  • Read tags on fur bundles stating the number of pieces in the bundle. (1)
  • Read tags on each load, indicating the customer, type and grade of leather, specific instructions and the number of pieces in the order. (1)
  • Read customer lists which show the type of leather requested and the quantities and quality required. (1)
  • Check off sewing defects on defect sheets, indicating the parts of garments which are defective and the types of defects encountered. This sheet is returned to sewing groups along with the defective clothing for repairs. (1)
  • Read invoices and shipping forms for furs coming from other stores. (2)
  • Read order tags and truck manifests to verify their accuracy or track orders. (2)
  • Use garment measurement specification tables to find measurements for various sizes of garments. (2)
  • Complete invoices with customer specifications. (2)
  • Fill in sheets to record the grades, weights and values of furs. (2)
  • Complete forms for fish and wildlife departments showing the number of furs from each species of animal over a period of time. (2)
  • Read pricing forms and records of consignment from fur auctions to obtain an understanding of the factors which affect fur pricing. (3)
  • Read charts displaying stretching and cleaning procedures for furs. (3)
  • Use charts showing allowable dimensions for different grades of pelt within a species in order to sort pelts by dimension and quality. (3)
Writing Help - Writing
  • Write notes to keep track of work completed or as reminders of work to complete. (1)
  • Fill in tags with specific instructions from customers. (1)
  • Fill in repair notices when machines are not working properly. (1)
  • Complete government records and permits. (1)
  • Complete forms relating to fur consignment and payment to trappers. (1)
  • Write notes to salespeople asking questions regarding specific instructions from customers. (1)
  • Complete reports of shipments, including details of transportation and types of furs. (1)
  • May write letters to customers concerning orders of fur products. (2)
Numeracy Help - Numeracy Money Math
  • Calculate the prices and total revenue received from shipments of furs. (2)
  • Calculate payments to trappers for various grades of pelts of different species, including discounts and taxes. (3)
Scheduling, Budgeting & Accounting Math
  • Schedule staffing, transportation and time allotments for work to be conducted in expected peak periods for fur handling. (2)
Measurement and Calculation Math
  • Weigh bales, bundles and boxes of fur. (1)
  • Measure seam lengths, comparing the result to the ideal measurement found on the sizing chart. (1)
  • Measure the length and width of pelts to categorize them before grading for quality. (1)
  • Measure hide dimensions using computerized machinery to record the total square feet of hide produced per day. (2)
Data Analysis Math
  • Compare defect statistics, looking at the number of errors in different categories in order to reduce errors. (1)
  • Monitor auction prices and calculate average prices for different grades to negotiate prices with trappers. (2)
Numerical Estimation
  • Estimate how long it will take to complete orders, taking into account the size of the order and the volume of other work. (2)
Oral communication Help - Oral communication
  • Communicate with assistants to assign tasks such as tagging and sorting products. (1)
  • Interact with suppliers to place orders. (1)
  • Discuss the division of work, goals, processes and grading problems with other inspectors, folders and finishers. (2)
  • Interact with supervisors to discuss problems and work assignments, clarify instructions and explore changes in grading regulations. (2)
  • Communicate with customers to discuss their needs and complaints and to suggest options for their orders. (2)
  • Explain governmental policy changes on trapping to trappers and negotiate prices with them for consignment furs. (2)
  • Participate in staff meetings to discuss work processes and defect statistics. (2)
Thinking Help - Thinking Problem Solving
  • Find flaws on garments, such as poorly sewn and finished seams, top stitching, hanging or loose threads and marks on the fabric. They determine how best to repair these flaws or notify operators. (2)
  • Find they have too many pieces to inspect and fold and must find ways to be more efficient. (2)
  • Face dissatisfied clients who, for example, don't like the way fabric hangs. They try to find solutions, such as taking garments apart and putting them back together again. (2)
  • Find that shipments arrive at their destination without invoices. They redo paperwork to make sure the invoice is available. (2)
Decision Making
  • Decide which employee is best suited for a specific task. (2)
  • Make quality decisions such as whether measurements are close enough, whether seams are sewn properly and whether to send garments with defects back to the sewers. (2)
  • Decide whether flawed materials should be downgraded, rejected or trimmed. (2)
  • Decide, after evaluating furs, what value and grade to give them, based on the texture, colour and thickness of the fur. (3)
Critical Thinking

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Job Task Planning and Organizing

Inspectors and testers in fabric, fur and leather products manufacturing receive their work schedules from their supervisors. Their work is repetitive, taking bundles of products and grading them according to established standards. Their days are prioritized by supervisors, according to deadlines and customer and trapper needs. They co-ordinate their workplan with production and quality control managers, reprioritizing their tasks as necessary to respond to urgent orders or to address particular quality issues. (2)

Significant Use of Memory
  • Remember clients names and their preferences for colour and style.
  • Remember standards for grading according to article, size and quality. These change from year to year depending on the fashion industry.
  • Remember the causes of defects and factors that lower the grade of furs.
Finding Information
  • Consult clients to determine their likes and dislikes in regard to products and styles. (1)
  • Find information about trapping regulations from government publications. (2)
  • Get information about fur supply and prices from a variety of sources such as trappers, stores and fur auctions. (3)
Digital technology Help - Digital technology
  • Use computer-controlled equipment. For example, they may use computerized measuring machines to measure the dimensions of hides. (1)
Additional information Help - Additional information Other Essential Skills:

Working with Others

Inspectors and testers in fabric, fur and leather products manufacturing mainly work independently. They may work with partners or helpers at machines, such as buffing machines. They are part of a larger team which includes other inspectors and testers, supervisors and assistants.

Continuous Learning

Inspectors and testers in fabric, fur and leather products manufacturing continue to learn about new methods, for example, new methods for grading, stretching and cleaning furs.

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