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Career and Education Opportunities for Laundry Operators

In general, laundry operators operate or tend washing or dry-cleaning machines to wash or dry-clean industrial or household articles, such as cloth garments, suede, and carpets.

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JOB DESCRIPTION: Laundry Operator

Laundry Operator video from the State of New Jersey Dept. of Labor and Workforce Development

Laundry operators load articles into washers or dry-cleaning machines, or direct other staff to perform loading. They also sort and count articles removed from dryers, and fold, wrap, or hang them. Equally important, laundry operators have to remove items from washers or dry-cleaning machines, or direct other staff to do so. They are often called upon to examine and sort articles into lots to be cleaned, in line with color and cleaning techniques required. They are expected to start washers or extractors, and turn valves or levers to regulate machine processes and the volume of soap and other additives. Finally, laundry operators receive and mark articles for laundry or dry cleaning with identifying code numbers or names, using hand or machine markers.

Every day, laundry operators are expected to be able to see details at a very fine level of focus. They need to use lower back and abdominal strength. It is also important that they control objects and devices with precise control.