9217 – Supervisors, textile, fabric, fur and leather products processing and manufacturing

9217 – Supervisors, textile, fabric, fur and leather products processing and manufacturing

Supervisors in textile, fabric, fur and leather products processing and manufacturing supervise and co-ordinate the activities of workers engaged in textile, fabric, fur and leather products processing and manufacturing. They are employed by textile manufacturing companies, tanneries and other manufacturers of fabric, fur and leather products.

Example titles

  • Boot and shoe foreman/woman
  • Canvas products manufacturing foreman/woman
  • Dye room supervisor
  • Embroidery supervisor – fabric products
  • Fabric-cutting department foreman/woman
  • Finishing supervisor – textiles
  • Foreman/woman – textile processing
  • Fur dressing foreman/woman
  • Hat and cap makers foreman/woman
  • Knitting supervisor
  • Leather products sample room foreman/woman
  • Sewing machine operators supervisor
  • Stitching department supervisor
  • Tannery foreman/woman

Main duties

This group performs some or all of the following duties:

  • Supervise, co-ordinate and schedule the activities of production workers who operate machines to process natural, synthetic and hybrid textile fibre, yarn and thread; bleach, dye and finish textiles; operate manufacturing machines to cut, stitch and produce fabric, fur or leather garments and other products; and inspect textile products
  • Establish methods to meet work schedules and co-ordinate work activities with other departments
  • Resolve work problems and recommend measures to improve productivity and product quality
  • Requisition materials and supplies
  • Train staff in job duties, safety procedures and company policies
  • Recommend personnel actions such as hirings and promotions
  • Prepare production and other reports
  • May set up machines and equipment.

Employment requirements

  • Completion of secondary school is usually required.
  • Post-secondary education in textile technology or a related field may be required for some positions in this group.
  • Several years of experience as a worker in the unit group being supervised are usually required.
  • Experience may be required in a specific process, or with a specific product or type of equipment.

Additional information

  • There is some mobility among supervisory positions in this group.
  • Progression to managerial positions is possible with experience.


  • Machine operators and related workers in textile, fabric, fur and leather products processing and manufacturing (944)
  • Master dyers and textile colour technologists (in 2211 Chemical technologists and technicians)
  • Tailors, dressmakers, furriers and milliners (6342)
  • Technologists and technicians in textile manufacturing (in 2233 Industrial engineering and manufacturing technologists and technicians)
  • Textile machinery mechanics (in 7311 Construction millwrights and industrial mechanics)

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