Clean linen – everyday. Where would our tourism, hospitality, medical and aged care sectors be without it?

Careers information

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What does it involve?

Laundry and drycleaning workers operate specialist equipment to launder and dryclean a wide range of items from personal clothing to bulk hotel linens. They use a wide range of machinery and understand how to sort, dry, finish and pack laundered items.

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Typical day

Typically, 8-10 hour work days which can involve shift work. Usually factory based, tasks include setting up, calibrating, diagnosing and repairing textile manufacturing equipment and communicating technical information to operators.

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How could I get into the industry

You can join from school, with NCEA passes, or move into the industry from another manufacturing industry.

Does this sound like you?

Study areasAttributesHelpful experiencePreferred work environments
  • English or Media Studies or History
  • Maths or Accounting or Economics
  • Sciences or Workshop Technology
  • Confident communicator
  • Good at precision work
  • Good work habits/time management
  • Customer service or helping people
  • Making or fixing things
  • Working with machinery
  • Inside (retail/shop/etc...)
  • Inside (workshop or plant)
  • One place every day

How much could I earn?

  • 1 - 2 years experience

    $55k- $65k

  • 5 years experience

    $65k- $80k

Career pathway

SchoolEntry level jobsAdvancing jobsSenior jobs
  • NCEA Level 2 Maths and English are useful
  • Laundry Processor
  • Drycleaning Production Assistant
  • Drycleaner
  • Team Leader
  • Quality Manager
  • Production Manage
  • Business Manager
  • Operations Manager
  • Business Owner
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