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Canvas goods fabricator

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Summary of occupation

Canvas goods fabricators lay out, cut, assemble and repair a wide range of heavy duty products made from canvas and synthetic fabrics. These products are generally rugged and designed for use in outdoor activities and may include tents, tarpaulins, vehicle covers, banners and backpacks. Designs are marked on material and cut in a way that minimises waste. When all the product parts have been cut and assembled, they are joined together using industrial sewing machines or, if working with PVC, hot air-welding equipment. Textile fabricators also attach and/or insert ropes, eyelets, grommets and any other necessary fastenings. They may also treat products with special chemicals to protect them from rotting, and water or UV damage.

ANZSCO description: Fabricates and repairs canvas and related products such as awnings, tents, tarpaulins, horse rugs and caravan annexes.
Alternative names: Canvas Goods Maker, Canvas Worker, Industrial Textiles Fabricator, Textile Goods Maker, Textiles Fabricator
Specialisations: Sailmaker
Job prospects: Limited
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Knowledge, skills and attributes

A canvas goods fabricator needs:

  • good hand-eye coordination
  • the ability to read and follow design specifications and instructions
  • the ability to work as part of a team
  • to maintain concentration while carrying out repetitive tasks.
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Working conditions

Canvas goods fabricators employed in Western Australia generally work in factories and specialist workshops, such as sail lofts – these are usually located in the Perth metropolitan region. There may also be employment opportunities in other regions throughout the State, albeit limited. Self-employment opportunities may also exist, particularly for those specialising in repair work. As with all manufacturing processes, there is a risk of personal injury when working with machines - requiring safe work practices to be followed in order to minimise any risk.

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Salary details

Canvas goods fabricators, classified under canvas and leather goods makers, can expect to earn between $800 and $999 per week on average ($41 600-$51 999 per year), depending on the organisation they work for and their level of experience. As a canvas goods fabricator develops their skills, their earning potential will generally increase.​

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Tools and technologies

Canvas goods fabricators may use hand-held shears, power cutters or precision computer-aided cutters to cut material according to a desired pattern. Industrial or lightweight sewing machines are usually used to join material, though some detailed work may be sewn by hand. Hot air-welding equipment may be used when working with PVC material. Many of these products are also treated with specialised chemicals, making them more resistant to environmental conditions.

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Education and training/entrance requirements

You can work as a canvas goods fabricator without any formal qualifications and get training on the job. 

You may improve your employment prospects if you complete a traineeship in textile fabrication. The traineeship usually takes 24 months to complete. ​

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Apprenticeships and traineeships

As an apprentice or trainee, you enter into a formal training contract with an employer. You spend most of your time working and learning practical skills on the job and you spend some time undertaking structured training with a registered training provider of your choice. They will assess your skills and when you are competent in all areas, you will be awarded a nationally recognised qualification.

If you are still at school you can access an apprenticeship through your school. You generally start your school based apprenticeship by attending school three days a week, spending one day at a registered training organisation and one day at work. Talk to your school's VET Co-ordinator to start your training now through VET in Schools. If you get a full-time apprenticeship you can apply to leave school before reaching the school leaving age.

If you are no longer at school you can apply for an apprenticeship or traineeship and get paid while you learn and work.

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Recognition of prior learning

If you think you already have some of the skills or competencies, obtained either through non-formal or informal learning, you may be able to gain credit through recognition of prior learning.

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