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Apparel Production Supervisors (9217)

This profile was generated as part of an occupational standard. The NOC group to which it relates is "Supervisors, Fabric, Fur and Leather Products Manufacturing". Supervisors in this unit group supervise and co-ordinate the activities of workers in the following unit groups: Sewing Machine Operators (9451), Fabric, Fur and Leather Cutters (9452), Hide and Pelt Processing Workers (9453) and Inspectors and Testers, Fabric, Fur and Leather Products Manufacturing (9454). They are employed by clothing and textile manufacturers, tanneries and other manufacturers of fabric products.

Reading Help - Reading
  • Read notes on customer returns. (1)
  • Read faxes from customers concerning their needs. (2)
  • Read disciplinary memos or grievance forms to determine the accuracy of information provided. (2)
  • Look over resumes and application forms from prospective employees. (2)
  • Refer to customer manuals which provide very specific information about particular customer's standards. (2)
  • Scan machine manuals to find specific information. (3)
  • Read quality reports. (3)
  • Read the collective bargaining agreement in order to apply its provisions to particular situations. (3)
Document use Help - Document use
  • Read size tickets and content labels on bundles to gather information about current orders on the floor. (1)
  • Obtain information from bundle/piece work tickets. (1)
  • Read Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) labels and care labels which provide information about particular orders. (2)
  • Read time sheets to determine payroll. (2)
  • Read production schedule to organize production. (2)
  • Read graphs which track the performance of individual operators or a group. (2)
  • Complete disciplinary "Warning Sheets."(2)
  • Read and interpret specification sheets to ensure orders are being processed correctly. (3)
  • Obtain information from efficiency sheets and cost per unit reports. Cost per unit reports are reviewed on a per pay period basis. (3)
  • Complete Workers' Compensation Board (WCB) forms to report accidents and keep a record. (3)
Writing Help - Writing
  • Write reminder notes to themselves and simple notes of instruction when delegating work to employees. (1)
  • Write notes on daily time sheets to explain special circumstances or oddities in recording hours of the operators. (2)
  • Write announcements for the bulletin board regarding specific company policies. (2)
  • Make daily log entries to relay information from one shift supervisor to the next. (2)
  • Complete disciplinary warning sheets that become permanent records on employees' files. (2)
  • Write letters or faxes to customers to respond to enquiries about orders. (2)
  • Write reports on completed cuts. (3)
Numeracy Help - Numeracy Money Math
  • Use piece work tickets to calculate employee pay rates. These calculations must be accurate. (3)
Scheduling, Budgeting & Accounting Math
  • Perform calculations required to schedule a fabric cut. (2)
  • Perform calculations required to schedule a production phase. (3)
Measurement and Calculation Math
  • Measure garments during production to ensure uniformity in size and in the placement of items such as pockets. (2)
Data Analysis Math
  • Calculate production statistics, such as work volume per operator and track these over time. (2)
Numerical Estimation
  • Estimate the time it will take to complete an order. (2)
Oral communication Help - Oral communication
  • Give instructions to operators, delegating work and monitoring progress. (1)
  • Listen to the tone of the operators' conversations to determine their mood. (1)
  • Make announcements over the public address system to provide information. (1)
  • Exchange information with fellow supervisors and with superiors, clarify information and co-ordinate work. (2)
  • Have telephone conversations with customers to clarify specifications or discuss production time for an order. (2)
  • Speak with mechanics to explain problems with machinery. (2)
  • Give instructions if the building is evacuated for safety. (2)
  • Confer with other departments such as cutting, laundry and administration offices to get and to provide information. (2)
  • Converse with operators to resolve problems or conflicts. (3)
Thinking Help - Thinking Problem Solving
  • Deal with operator absenteeism and machinery breakdowns. These situations can result in lost time and dollars and must be resolved quickly. (2)
  • Resolve problems causing significant interruptions in production such as missing accessories or the breakdown of major machinery. (3)
Decision Making
  • Decide what to do when there is an error in a couple of pieces of an order. (1)
  • Decide how to get production up to speed following a machine breakdown. (2)
  • Decide what solution to recommend to a superior when a mistake is found in a completed order. (2)
Critical Thinking

Critical Thinking information was not collected for this profile.

Job Task Planning and Organizing

Most supervisors in fabric, fur and leather products manufacturing develop their daily work plan from a cutting schedule. Their activities are often dictated by events as they occur on the floor. Some planning is done to ensure all criteria are met for a specific order. (3)

Most apparel production supervisors must schedule operators depending on the requirements of a specific order. They work from information provided in advance to meet this schedule. This is done several times a week. The need to reschedule operators and re-sequence tasks to respond to operator attendance and machine performance is an important aspect of this job. (3)

Significant Use of Memory
  • Remember the specifications on particular cuts in order to verify production accuracy.
  • Remember the names of employees and customers.
  • Memorize style numbers and recurring specifications with repeated numbers, as for example, certain folding groups such as pockets.
Finding Information
  • Find information about employees in personnel records. (1)
  • Find information about fabrics on labels and tags. (1)
  • Refer to catalogues to locate information about the adjustments to machinery settings which will be required to fit a specific order. (1)
  • Locate information about production activities in the daily log book which is examined at shift changes. (1)
  • Examine efficiency sheets, which indicate time and rate of pay, in order to determine operator efficiency. (2)
Digital technology Help - Digital technology
  • To check bundle numbers, look for "trim" information, and track production. (1)
  • To prepare evaluations/reports. (2)
  • To create and print work schedules. (2)
Additional information Help - Additional information Other Essential Skills:

Working with Others

Supervisors in fabric, fur and leather products manufacturing work independently, but regularly co-ordinate their work flow with other departments and fellow supervisors. They occasionally work jointly with service people to problem solve when a machine breaks down. They may work as a member of a team with the operators to complete a specific order.

Continuous Learning

Apparel production supervisors continue to learn while working. They learn on the job through co-workers and through training offered in the workplace. They acquire new learning through reading or other forms of self-study while at work and on their own time.

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