receive a garment after it has been assembled. Pressers eliminate wrinkles
and give shape to finished products. Most pressers use specially formed,
foot-controlled pressing machines to perform their duties. Some pressing
machines now have the steam and pressure controlled by computers.
Inspectors, testers, sorters, samplers, and weighers inspect
the finished product toensure consistency and quality.
Most production workers are trained on the job. Although a high school
diploma is not required, some employers prefer it. Basic math and computer
skills are important for computer-controlled machine operators. Cutters
and pressers are trained on the job, while patternmakers and markers
usually have technical or trade school training. All of these workers must
understand textile characteristics and have a good sense of
three-dimensional space. Traditional cutters need exceptional hand-eye
coordination. Computers are becoming a standard tool for these occupations
because patternmakers and markers increasingly design pattern pieces and
layouts on a computer screen. New entrants seeking these jobs should learn
basic computer skills. Those running automatic cutting machines could need
technical training, which is available from vocational schools.