Dry cleaning, laundry and related occupations (NOC 6741)

Job titles

  • apprentice dry cleaner
  • assembler, laundry and dry cleaning
  • blocker - laundry and dry cleaning
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Nature of work

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 ensure that they meet required standards for dry-cleaning, laundering and pressing, and assemble and bag finished garments and other articles. This unit group also includes workers who iron, press or otherwise finish garments and household articles. Workers in this unit group are employed in dry cleaning, laundry and fur cleaning establishments, and in the laundries of hotels, hospitals and other institutions.

Fields of interest

  • Working in transportation and maintenance
  • Working with your hands

Main duties

  • Dry cleaning and laundry machine operators perform some or all of the following duties:
  • - Operate dry cleaning machines to dry-clean dresses, suits, coats, sweaters and other garments, draperies, cushion covers and other articles
  • - Operate washing machines and dryers to clean and dry garments, sheets, blankets, towels and other articles
  • - Operate machines to clean and blow-dry fur garments
  • - Operate machines to dry-clean, dye, spray, re-oil, and re-buff suede and leather garments.
  • Dry cleaning and laundry inspectors and assemblers perform some or all of the following duties:
  • - Check finished garments and other articles to ensure that 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 perform some or all of the following duties:
  • - 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.
  • * Workers in this group may specialize in finishing suede, leather, fur and delicate articles.

Main characteristics of the occupation

Not available for this occupation.

Employment requirements

  • * Some secondary school education is required.
  • * Four to eight weeks of on-the-job training are usually provided.
  • * Dry cleaning and laundry machine operators may require experience as inspectors or assemblers.
  • * Suede, leather and fur cleaners may require experience as dry cleaning or laundry machine operators.

Skill type

  • Sales and service occupations

Skill level

  • Elemental

More information

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