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Presser - Clothes

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At a Glance... header image

Works in clothing factories preparing fabric for the next stage of manufacture or finished clothes ready for packing.


The Work header image

Pressers use pressure, steam and temperature to remove wrinkles from fabric before and after it is made into a garment. They also have to make sure the fabric or garment is the correct size.  
 
Pressers are either first or second pressers. The first presser takes a piece of fabric, or part of an unmade garment, and lays it out flat with no creases. A foot pedal is then used to release the steam that presses out all the unevenness of the material. After this pressing, the piece of fabric is measured and gently stretched if it is not the required size.  
 
The second presser takes a completed garment and puts it on the press, the steam is then released and once again creases are removed and the garment adjusted to the correct size.  
 
The presser must know about fabrics and materials and of how they should be handled. Gentle handling is required when dealing with some man-made fibres to avoid visible finger marks. Pressers have to judge the correct temperature and amount of steam required for the material being pressed.

 


Tasks & Activitiesheader image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported tasks and activities for this occupation

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Operate steam, hydraulic, or other pressing machines to remove wrinkles from garments and flatwork items, or to shape, form, or patch articles.

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Lower irons, rams, or pressing heads of machines into position over material to be pressed.

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Remove finished pieces from pressing machines and hang or stack them for cooling, or forward them for additional processing.

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Hang, fold, package, and tag finished articles for delivery to customers.

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Slide material back and forth over heated, metal, ball-shaped forms to smooth and press portions of garments that cannot be satisfactorily pressed with flat pressers or hand irons.

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Select appropriate pressing machines, based on garment properties such as heat tolerance.

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Push and pull irons over surfaces of articles to smooth or shape them.

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Finish pleated garments, determining sizes of pleats from evidence of old pleats or from work orders, using machine presses or hand irons.

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Straighten, smooth, or shape materials to prepare them for pressing.

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Finish pants, jackets, shirts, skirts and other dry-cleaned and laundered articles, using hand irons.

Work Activities header image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported work activities in this occupation.

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Controlling Machines and Processes:  Using either control mechanisms or direct physical activity to operate machines or processes (not including computers or vehicles).

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Handling and Moving Objects:  Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things.

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Judging the Qualities of Things, Services, or People:  Assessing the value, importance, or quality of things or people.

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Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material:  Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials to identify the cause of errors or other problems or defects.

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Getting Information:  Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.

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Making Decisions and Solving Problems:  Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.

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Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings:  Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems.

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Estimating the Quantifiable Characteristics of Products, Events, or Information:  Estimating sizes, distances, and quantities; or determining time, costs, resources, or materials needed to perform a work activity.

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Processing Information:  Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or verifying information or data.

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Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events:  Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.


Knowledge header image

The following is a list of the five most commonly reported knowledge areas for this occupation.

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Public Safety and Security:  Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.

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Administration and Management:  Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.

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Customer and Personal Service:  Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.

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Education and Training:  Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

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English Language:  Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.


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The following is a list of the most commonly reported skills used in this occupation.

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Operation Monitoring:   Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.

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Time Management:   Managing one's own time and the time of others.

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Operation and Control:   Controlling operations of equipment or systems.

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Monitoring:   Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

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Judgment and Decision Making:   Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.

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Social Perceptiveness:   Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.

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Quality Control Analysis:   Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.

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Complex Problem Solving:   Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.

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Critical Thinking:   Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

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Active Listening:   Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

Personal Qualitiesheader image

Pressers must have good hand skills and use their fingers lightly. A presser must be fit and healthy, as the job involves standing and bending.


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