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Textile Inspectors, Graders and Samplers(9444)

Textile inspectors, graders and samplers prepare samples and inspect and grade textile products. They are employed by textile companies.

Reading Help - Reading
  • Read notes and e-mail messages which provide information, instructions or reminders. (1)
  • Read shift instructions on assignment boards. (1)
  • Read client comments and specifications for fabric samples. (2)
  • Read memos about new rules and procedures or accident prevention information. (2)
  • May read reports on environmental issues in the workplace. (3)
  • May read safety magazines. (3)
Document use Help - Document use
  • Read safety posters and signs. (1)
  • Read shipping and product labels. (1)
  • Complete time tickets for workers in the plant, recording job numbers, time taken to complete the job and number of pieces completed. (1)
  • Read Workplace Hazardous Materials Information Systems (WHMIS) labels on chemicals used in the plant, showing product ingredients, warnings and what to do in case of emergency. (2)
  • Read cleanup schedules. (2)
  • Read invoices listing the style, amount and size of fabric, shipping instructions and special requests from customers. (2)
  • Consult product specification sheets to find the specific measurements of fabric in different job orders. (2)
  • Fill in production sheets to keep track of the length, weight and style of finished goods. (2)
  • Complete supply order forms and quality assurance and inspection data forms. (2)
  • Fill out inspection cards and non-conformity reports, identifying faults with products. (2)
  • Complete accident reports, detailing how the accident occurred and actions taken. (3)
Writing Help - Writing
  • Enter information on various forms, including inspection cards, time tickets, production sheets, supply order forms and quality assurance and inspection data forms. (See Documents Use) (1)
  • Write memos and e-mail notes to other workers about production deadlines and quality assurance. (2)
  • May write directions for the procedures to be followed to process particular products, such as yarn products. (2)
Numeracy Help - Numeracy Scheduling, Budgeting & Accounting Math
  • May maintain accounting systems to monitor the use of supplies and materials. (1)
  • May complete time schedules for the various orders-in-progress to determine how many workers are needed for certain jobs. (2)
Measurement and Calculation Math
  • May measure the length, width and thickness of fabrics, as part of quality control, to ensure that the measurements conform to the sizes required. (1)
  • May measure lengths of rolls of yarn to verify their quality and their suitability for a production run. (1)
  • May measure air pressure of compression tools and the pressure of padding machines which squeeze water out of fabric. (1)
  • May calculate packaged weights of finished products, adding the weight of the cardboard containers and packaging materials to the weight of the product. (2)
Data Analysis Math
  • May compare production data from different time periods. (1)
  • May calculate the average number of fibres in a fabric, to ensure that the quality meets industry standards. (2)
Numerical Estimation
  • May estimate how much time is needed to produce a product. (2)
Oral communication Help - Oral communication
  • Listen to co-workers on the floor to obtain information, such as details of customer orders. (1)
  • May instruct employees on how to use machinery. (2)
  • Pass on information about work progress and discuss production concerns. (2)
  • Notify supervisors and mechanics when a machine is broken or its output not conforming to standards. (2)
  • Communicate with supervisors regarding schedules, incoming orders, changes to work procedures, production problems and quality assurance. (2)
  • May contact suppliers to discuss delivery dates and quantities of supplies. (2)
  • May attend meetings with staff and resource personnel to discuss quality assurance and production concerns. (2)
  • May give quality control or safety briefings to small groups or chair meetings on these issues. (3)
Thinking Help - Thinking Problem Solving
  • May find that the tension settings on sewing machines are set too tight, causing wrinkles in the material. They examine machine settings and adjust them to overcome this difficulty. (1)
  • May find that some textile blends are of poor quality. They either add more wool to the blend or add more time in the processing machines to improve the appearance and feel of the fabric. (2)
  • May find that the variation in the colour of fibres is too marked. They change recipes as required to ensure colour consistency in all the batches being used for the same client. (2)
  • May experience challenges when creating new fabrics or when customizing fabrics for clients. They determine the fibres and dyes to be used, the amounts required and the production process itself. (3)
Decision Making
  • Decide when to set up beams and when to deliver fabric to the next stage. (1)
  • Decide when to stop a machine if a problem occurs and when to begin clean-up procedures. (2)
  • Decide whether to accept or downgrade material depending on the number of flaws it contains. (2)
Critical Thinking

Critical Thinking information was not collected for this profile.

Job Task Planning and Organizing

Textile inspectors, graders and samplers plan their own priorities of tasks, based on the production deadlines for various jobs. For example, if a shipment must be sent out at a certain time, they will alter their schedule to ensure that all problems, which could delay the shipment, are resolved in time to meet the deadline. (3)

Significant Use of Memory
  • Remember where workers are in the work process and what they have completed.
  • Remember how many faults were found when examining bolts of fabric.
  • Memorize equipment or computer settings and codes for production.
Finding Information
  • Consult product specification sheets or guides for product information. (1)
  • Retrieve past records of customer orders to find specific information. (1)
  • Refer to procedures' manuals to fix problems. (2)
Digital technology Help - Digital technology
  • They may write reports and memos. (2)
  • They may enter production data into databases. (2)
  • They may read and write electronic mail. (2)
Additional information Help - Additional information Other Essential Skills:

Working with Others

Textile inspectors, graders and samplers mainly work independently. They may occasionally work with a partner to complete inspections or perform special tasks such as producing operating instructions. They may work as a member of a team to accomplish specific tasks, such as completing large maintenance jobs or moving machinery.

Continuous Learning

Textile inspectors, graders and samplers have an ongoing need to learn. They must learn about new products, machines and procedures.

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