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JOB ROLES
Textile fabricators lay out, cut, assemble and repair products made of canvas and synthetic
fabric, including awnings, tents, tarpaulins, horse rugs, annexes, vehicle covers, agriculture
products, shade cloth, boat covers, banners, bags, rucksacks, pool covers and sails. Duties
include: -

    •    read and interpret technical drawings and specifications, and cut patterns according to
         drawings;
    •    select, measure and mark out material and cut with shears or power cutters;
    •    set up and maintain industrial sewing machines;
    •    sew pieces of fabric together (by hand, lightweight or industrial heavy-duty machines),
         hem articles, attach eyelets, grommets and fasteners;
    •    treat material for water and rot proofing;
    •    operate high frequency and hot air welding equipment if handling PVC material; and
    •    make and repair sails for the marine industry.




EMPLOYMENT PROSPECTS
There are many canvas and sail makers employed in Western Australia with slightly more
females than males working within this occupation.

Nearly 60% of canvas goods makers work in the Perth metropolitan area, followed by 16% in the
South West region. A small percentage also works in the South East, Lower Great Southern and
Central regions.

You can spot the results of their work in window awnings and pergola covers and in the eye-
catching dome at the Burswood Casino.




QUALIFICATIONS
Certificate I in Textile Fabrication
Certificate II in Textile Fabrication
Certificate III in Textile Fabrication




TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES
                                                Nominal            Registered Training
Course/Qualification
                                                 Term                 Organisation
Textile Fabrication
 Cert I in Textile Fabrication       N/A     •   TexSkill
 (VET in Schools)


 Traineeship/Qualification         Nominal   Registered Training
                                    Term        Organisation
 Textile Fabrication
 Cert II In Textile Fabrication      1 yr    •   FIAA
                                             •   Swan TAFE
                                             •   TexSkill


 Cert III in Textile Fabrication    2 yrs    •   Swan TAFE
                                             •   Australian Army
                                             •   TexSkill

				
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