Alabama Department of Labor

Labor Market Information Division
SOC: 51-6061 Textile Bleaching and Dyeing Machine Operators and Tenders
Operate or tend machines to bleach, shrink, wash, dye, or finish textiles or synthetic or glass fibers.
Education: These occupations usually require a high school diploma.
OJT: Employees in these occupations need anywhere from a few months to one year of working with experienced employees. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.
Tasks: Add dyes, water, detergents, or chemicals to tanks to dilute or strengthen solutions, according to established formulas and solution test results. Notify supervisors or mechanics of equipment malfunctions. Adjust equipment controls to maintain specified heat, tension, and speed. Observe display screens, control panels, equipment, and cloth entering or exiting processes to determine if equipment is operating correctly. Prepare dyeing machines for production runs, and conduct test runs of machines to ensure their proper operation. Monitor factors such as temperatures and dye flow rates to ensure that they are within specified ranges. Start and control machines and equipment to wash, bleach, dye, or otherwise process and finish fabric, yarn, thread, and/or other textile goods. Examine and feel products to identify defects and variations from coloring and other processing standards. Record production information such as fabric yardage processed, temperature readings, fabric tensions, and machine speeds. Test solutions used to process textile goods to detect variations from standards. Remove dyed articles from tanks and machines for drying and further processing. Study guides, charts, and specification sheets, and confer with supervisors to determine machine setup requirements. Confer with coworkers to get information about order details, processing plans, or problems that occur. Inspect machinery to determine necessary adjustments and repairs.
License: License not required.
Outlook: poor
Alabama Employment Outlook
Alabama Wage Data
Hourly Wage   Annual Wage
Entry $11.27   Entry $23,444.00
Mean $14.41   Mean $29,962.00
Experience $15.98 Experience $33,221.00

The data is based on the May 2017 Occupation Employment Survey employment and wage estimate file. The wages have been aged using the most current ECI factors reflecting wages as of June 2018.

Alabama Projections
Estimated Employment 2016Projected Employment 2026Annual Average OpeningsAnnual Growth Rate
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No postsecondary schools reported programs.
Occupational Videos
51-6061.00 Textile Bleaching and Dyeing Machine Operators and Tenders