Dry cleaning, laundry and related occupations (NOC 6741)

About this job

Dry cleaning and laundry machine operators:

  • operate machines to dry clean or launder garments and other articles

Dry cleaning and laundry inspectors and assemblers:

  • check finished garments and other articles to make sure they meet required standards for dry cleaning, laundering and pressing
  • assemble and bag finished garments and other articles

This unit group also includes workers who iron, press or otherwise finish garments and household articles

These workers:

  • are employed in dry cleaning, laundry and fur cleaning establishments
  • may work in the laundries of hotels, hospitals and other institutions
Common job titles
  • launderer / washing machine extractor
  • laundry and dry cleaning
  • launderer / washing machine extractor
  • laundry and dry cleaning

Duties

Dry cleaning and laundry machine operators:

  • operate dry cleaning machines to dry clean dresses, suits, coats, sweaters and other garments, draperies, cushion covers and other articles
  • run washing machines and dryers to clean and dry garments, sheets, blankets, towels and other articles
  • operate machines to clean and blow-dry fur garments
  • run machines to dry clean, dye, spray, re-oil, and re-buff suede and leather garments

Dry cleaning and laundry inspectors and assemblers:

  • check finished garments and other articles to make sure they are properly dry cleaned or laundered
  • record damaged or improperly dry cleaned or laundered garments and other articles
  • use hand-held steam iron to touch up finished garments and other articles
  • assemble and bag finished garments and other articles
  • match invoices with tags on garments or other articles

Ironing, pressing and finishing workers:

  • Operate finishing equipment such as steam pressers, and use hand irons to finish pants, jackets, shirts, skirts and other dry cleaned and laundered articles
  • Hand iron laundered fine linens or dry-cleaned silk garments
  • Operate fur ironing and glazing equipment to finish fur garments and other fur articles
  • Fold and bag dry cleaned and laundered articles
  • May operate laundering equipment.

Work environment

Key aspects of the work in this occupation:

  • Work takes place in an indoor space where workers may be exposed to chemicals, strong odours and steam.
  • Working with equipment and appliances, such as irons, can be a source of injury.

Career paths and resources

Career paths

Progression to supervisory dry cleaning and laundry occupations is possible with additional training and experience.

Additional resources

Additional resources are not currently available for this career.