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Ideally, try and get a job in the industry for a summer, or get a bit of experience before you go into it. You have to be happy with working outside, and doing physical work. If you are not prepared to work hard or are looking for a soft job, don't go into Landscaping. Design is very sexy at the moment, everyone wants to be a designer, a Landscape Designer. It's different on the ground, you have to be out there on sites in all weather and you have to make sure projects are managed well and you're able to muck in with everyone else. Biology is most important for anyone going into Horticulture or Landscaping as it covers propagation and helps with the identification of plant names, species and families through the universal use of Latin. Chemistry is also helpful as the use of various chemicals is a constant in horticulture. The chemical content and dangers of fertilizers, herbicides and insecticides in use in Amenity Horticulture needs to be understood anyone going into this business. Geography would be a relevant subject as well. Also, the simple things like having a full, clean driving licence, which can make you a lot more employable if you are trying for a job with a Landscape Conractor. This indicates that you are more mobile and can also drive a company van if needed. Be sure you're happy with the outdoor life. Having taken a Horticulture course will give you an advantage. However, it's possible to take a job first and study later, e.g. in IT Blanchardstown it is possible to study at night. I think you cannot beat doing the Diploma Course in the National Botanic Gardens because it is a good practical course which also covers all the theory and is invaluable for gaining plant knowledge.
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Sewing Machinist

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Sewing Machinist
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€16 - 20 
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Last Updated: March, 2011

* The lower figures typically reflect starting salaries. Higher salaries are awarded to those with greater experience and responsibility. Positions in Dublin sometimes command higher salaries.
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At a Glance... header image

Works with a tailor or in a clothing factory sewing pre-cut material together to create garments of all kinds.


The Work header image

Sewing machinists stitch fabric by guiding it through a sewing machine to make up garments. They usually use one particular machine to sew one part of the garment, such as the collar or waistband. However, some machinists make a complete garment, especially in knitwear.  
 
Team working is being introduced in some companies, so machinists can become multi-skilled operators. This makes the work more interesting, as the machinist has a variety of tasks to do.  
 
Tasks may include lockstitching, overlocking, cup seaming and bar tacking. The sewing machinist has to thread up the machine, perform the required machining process, check for mistakes, and correct faults. The material is then passed on to the next stage. Work is organised into dozens.  
 
Lockstitching, in particular, requires a high level of skill and is used for a wide variety of operations. 


Tasks & Activitiesheader image

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

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Monitor machine operation to detect problems such as defective stitching, breaks in thread, or machine malfunctions.

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Position items under needles, using marks on machines, clamps, templates, or cloth as guides.

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Place spools of thread, cord, or other materials on spindles, insert bobbins, and thread ends through machine guides and components.

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Match cloth pieces in correct sequences prior to sewing them, and verify that dye lots and patterns match.

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Guide garments or garment parts under machine needles and presser feet to sew parts together.

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Start and operate or tend machines, such as single or double needle serging and flat-bed felling machines, to automatically join, reinforce, or decorate material or articles.

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Record quantities of materials processed.

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Inspect garments, and examine repair tags and markings on garments to locate defects or damage, and mark errors as necessary.

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Select supplies such as fasteners and thread, according to job requirements.

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Mount attachments, such as needles, cutting blades, or pattern plates, and adjust machine guides according to specifications.

Work Activities header image

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

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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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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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Performing General Physical Activities:  Performing physical activities that require considerable use of your arms and legs and moving your whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling of materials.

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

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Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work:  Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.

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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.

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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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Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates:  Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.

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Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships:  Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.

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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.


Knowledge header image

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

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Production and Processing:  Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.

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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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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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Mathematics:  Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.

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Mechanical:  Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.


Skillsheader image

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

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

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Reading Comprehension:   Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

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

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

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Active Learning:   Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.

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Operation and Control:   Controlling operations of equipment or systems.

Personal Qualitiesheader image

You need to be practical with good hand skills and good eyesight. You must follow instructions, and work quickly and accurately. You will probably have to sit down all day while working and must not mind doing repetitive tasks.  
 
Different skills are required for different fabrics. Skills also have to be transferred between styles of clothing, so you must be flexible.


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