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Textile Bleaching and Dyeing Machine Operators and Tenders - 51-6061.00

O*NET-SOC Description

Operate or tend machines to bleach, shrink, wash, dye, or finish textiles or synthetic or glass fibers.

Sample of Reported Job Titles

  • Beck Operator
  • Dye House Worker
  • Dye Line Operator
  • Dye Machine Operator
  • Dye Operator
  • Dye Tub Operator
  • Dyer
  • Jet Dyeing Machine Operator
  • Machine Operator (Machine Op)
  • Tub Operator

SOC Occupation Groups

51-0000 Production Occupations
51-6000 Textile, Apparel, and Furnishings Workers
51-6060 Textile Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders
51-6061.00 Textile Bleaching and Dyeing Machine Operators and Tenders

Related Occupations


  • Add dyes, water, detergents, or chemicals to tanks to dilute or strengthen solutions, according to established formulas and solution test results.
  • Adjust equipment controls to maintain specified heat, tension, and speed.
  • Confer with coworkers to get information about order details, processing plans, or problems that occur.
  • Creel machines with bobbins or twine.
  • Examine and feel products to identify defects and variations from coloring and other processing standards.
  • Inspect machinery to determine necessary adjustments and repairs.
  • Install, level, and align components such as gears, chains, dies, cutters, and needles.
  • Key in processing instructions to program electronic equipment.
  • Monitor factors such as temperatures and dye flow rates to ensure that they are within specified ranges.
  • Mount rolls of cloth on machines, using hoists, or place textile goods in machines or pieces of equipment.
  • Notify supervisors or mechanics of equipment malfunctions.
  • Observe display screens, control panels, equipment, and cloth entering or exiting processes to determine if equipment is operating correctly.
  • Perform machine maintenance, such as cleaning and oiling equipment, and repair or replace worn or defective parts.
  • Prepare dyeing machines for production runs, and conduct test runs of machines to ensure their proper operation.
  • Ravel seams that connect cloth ends when processing is completed.
  • Record production information such as fabric yardage processed, temperature readings, fabric tensions, and machine speeds.
  • Remove dyed articles from tanks and machines for drying and further processing.
  • Sew ends of cloth together, by hand or using machines, to form endless lengths of cloth to facilitate processing.
  • Soak specified textile products for designated times.
  • Start and control machines and equipment to wash, bleach, dye, or otherwise process and finish fabric, yarn, thread, or other textile goods.
  • Study guides, charts, and specification sheets, and confer with supervisors to determine machine setup requirements.
  • Test solutions used to process textile goods to detect variations from standards.
  • Thread ends of cloth or twine through specified sections of equipment prior to processing.
  • Weigh ingredients, such as dye, to be mixed together for use in textile processing.

Detailed Work Activities

  • Adjust temperature controls of ovens or other heating equipment.
  • Apply solutions to production equipment.
  • Clean production equipment.
  • Conduct test runs of production equipment.
  • Enter commands, instructions, or specifications into equipment.
  • Exchange information with colleagues.
  • Feed materials or products into or through equipment.
  • Immerse objects or workpieces in cleaning or coating solutions.
  • Inspect production equipment.
  • Inspect textile products.
  • Install mechanical components in production equipment.
  • Lift materials or workpieces using cranes or other lifting equipment.
  • Load materials into production equipment.
  • Maintain production or processing equipment.
  • Measure ingredients or substances to be used in production processes.
  • Monitor equipment operation to ensure proper functioning.
  • Monitor equipment operation to ensure that products are not flawed.
  • Mount attachments or tools onto production equipment.
  • Notify others of equipment repair or maintenance needs.
  • Operate garment treatment equipment.
  • Record operational or production data.
  • Remove products or workpieces from production equipment.
  • Repair production equipment or tools.
  • Sew clothing or other articles.
  • Sew materials.
  • Study blueprints or other instructions to determine equipment setup requirements.
  • Test chemical or physical characteristics of materials or products.

Military Crosswalk Titles

  • Machinist (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Retail Services Specialist (Navy - Enlisted)

Apprenticeship Crosswalk Titles

No information available.

DOT Crosswalk Titles

  • Beam-Dyer Operator
  • Bleach-Range Operator
  • Boil-Off-Machine Operator, Cloth
  • Cloth-Finishing-Range Operator, Chief
  • Cloth-Finishing-Range Tender
  • Cloth-Shrinking-Machine Operator
  • Cloth-Washer Operator
  • Coloring-Machine Operator
  • Dye Automation Operator
  • Dye-Range Operator, Cloth
  • Dye-Reel Operator
  • Dye-Tank Tender
  • Dye-Tub Operator
  • Dyed-Yarn Operator
  • Dyer
  • Dyer Helper
  • Felt Carbonizer
  • Felt-Washing-Machine Tender
  • Jet-Dyeing-Machine Tender
  • Jigger
  • Knit-Goods Washer
  • Laundry-Machine Tender
  • Open-Developer Operator
  • Package-Dyeing-Machine Operator
  • Padding-Machine Operator
  • Panelboard Operator
  • Patch Washer
  • Rope-Silica-Machine Operator
  • Scouring-Train Operator
  • Scrubbing-Machine Operator
  • Sizer
  • Skein-Yarn Dyer
  • Staining-Machine Operator
  • Tin-Whiz-Machine Operator
  • Tire-Fabric-Impregnating-Range Operator, Chief
  • Treater
  • Warp-Dyeing-Vat Tender
  • Washer
  • Wool-Washing-Machine Operator