Textile fibre and yarn, hide and pelt processing machine operators and workers (NOC 9441)

About this job

Textile dyeing and yarn processing machine operators and workers:

  • run machines to prepare textile fibres; spin, wind or twist yarn or thread; and bleach, dye or finish yarn, thread, cloth or textile products

  • work for textile manufacturing companies

Hide and pelt processing machine operators and workers:

  • trim, scrape, clean, tan, buff and dye animal hides, pelts or skins to produce leather stock and finished furs.

  • work for leather tanning, fur dressing and leather and fur dyeing establishments

Common job titles
  • boarder, hosiery
  • bobbin dryer / stripper / winder
  • cloth bleacher / dryer / dyer / finisher
  • fibre classer / mizer / washer
  • fur blender / blower / dresser / mixer
  • leather buffer / dyer / polisher / tanner


Textile dyeing and yarn processing machine operators perform some or all of the following duties:

  • Operate and feed machines that wash, mix, blend, pick, card, lap, comb or draw fibres and finish yarn
  • Operate spinning, twisting, winding or reeling machines
  • Operate a variety of machines to bleach, dye, coat or finish fabric, thread, yarn or other textile products
  • Mix dyes or chemicals according to established formulas
  • Operate machinery to print designs onto textile products
  • Oversee work area, examine products for defects and ensure adherence to quality standards
  • Investigate machine stoppages and notify supervisor or mechanic in the event of equipment malfunction
  • May set up machines and assist with maintenance and minor repairs to machinery.

Hide and pelt processing machine operators and workers perform some or all of the following duties:

  • Operate machines or use hand and powered cutting knives to remove unnecessary particles from hides, skins or pelts; shave or polish hides; and shear fur or wool hides to produce pelts with hair of specified or uniform lengths
  • Prepare solutions according to pre-established formulas and immerse hides, skins or pelts to clean, dehair, pickle, dye, oil, tan, soften and preserve
  • Adjust rotation and mixing action of vats according to state of pelts
  • Tint or dye furs to enhance natural shades of fur
  • May maintain and repair vats and other machinery.

Work environment

Key aspects of the work in this occupation:

  • Work takes place in a regular controlled indoor environment.
  • Workers may be exposed to chemicals, bleach or dyes that can be harmful.           
  • Workers may be exposed to steam or hot surfaces that are potential sources of injury.
  • Working with equipment, instruments, machinery or power/hand tools may be a source of injury.
  • Noise in the workplace may cause distraction or hearing loss.
  • The workplace may contain strong or toxic odours.

Career paths and resources

Career paths

Progression is possible within the group to operate more complex dye ranges and textile printing equipment.

Progression to supervisory positions usually requires completion of a college program in textiles, chemistry or a related subject.

Additional resources

Additional resources are not currently available for this career.