National Application Center :: career details :: Laundry and Dry-Cleaning Machine Operators and Tenders, Except Pressing
Career Details :: Laundry and Dry-Cleaning Machine Operators and Tenders, Except Pressing
Operate or tend washing or dry-cleaning machines to wash or dry clean commercial, industrial, or household articles, such as cloth garments, suede, leather, furs, blankets, draperies, fine linens, rugs, and carpets.
No previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is needed for these occupations. For example, a person can become a general office clerk even if he/she has never worked in an office before.
These occupations may require a high school diploma or GED certificate. Some may require a formal training course to obtain a license.
Employees in these occupations need anywhere from a few days to a few months of training. Usually, an experienced worker could show you how to do the job.
- Mends and sews articles, using hand stitching, adhesive patch, or power sewing machine.
- Receives and marks articles for laundry or dry cleaning with identifying code number or name, using hand or machine marker.
- Starts pumps to operate distilling system that drains and reclaims dry cleaning solvents.
- Removes or directs other workers to remove items from washer or dry cleaning machine and into extractor or tumbler.
- Mixes and adds detergents, dyes, bleach, starch, and other solutions and chemicals to clean, color, dry, or stiffen articles.
- Starts washer, dry cleaner, drier, or extractor, and turns valves or levers to regulate and monitor cleaning or drying operations.
- Sorts and counts articles removed from dryer and folds, wraps, or hangs items for airing out, pickup, or delivery.
- Loads or directs other workers to load articles into washer or dry cleaning machine.
- Pre-soaks, sterilizes, scrubs, spot-cleans, and dries contaminated or stained articles, using neutralizer solutions and portable machines.
- Washes, dry cleans, or glazes delicate articles or fur garment linings by hand, using mild detergent or dry cleaning solutions.
- Hangs curtains, drapes, blankets, pants, and other garments on stretch frames to dry, and transports items between specified locations.
- Cleans machine filters and lubricates equipment.
- Examines and sorts articles to be cleaned into lots, according to color, fabric, dirt content, and cleaning technique required.
- Tends variety of automatic machines that comb and polish furs; clean, sterilize, and fluff feathers and blankets; and roll and package towels.
- Irons or presses articles, fabrics, and furs, using hand iron or pressing machine.
- Adjusts switches to tend and regulate equipment that fumigates and removes foreign matter from furs.
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General Work Activities
- Handling and Moving Objects
- Controlling Machines and Processes
- Monitor Processes, Material, Surroundings
- Performing General Physical Activities
- Communicating With Other Workers
Frequent Work Context
- Degree of Automation
- Using Hands on Objects, Tools, Controls
- Consequence of Error
- Frustrating Circumstances