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

Careers information

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What do they do?

Laundry workers operate specialist equipment to launder 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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A typical day

Typically, eight/ten-hour work days which can involve shift work. Tasks include developing dye recipes and matching colours, carrying out dyeing processes, using a range of dyeing and wet-finishing processes, equipment and materials to dye and finish textiles. 

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     Sound like you?

Study areas
Helpful experience
Preferred work environments
  • English or Media or History
  • Maths or Accounting or Economics
  • Sciences or Workshop Technology
  • Confident communicator
  • Strong eye for detail
  • Good work habits/time management
  • Customer service or helping people
  • Making or fixing things
  • Working with machinery
  • Inside (retail or shop)
  • Inside (workshop or plant)
  • One place every day

      Career pathway

SchoolEntry level jobsAdvancing jobsSenior jobs
  • NCEA Level 2 Maths and English is recommended
  • Laundry Processor
  • Team Leader
  • Quality Manager
  • Production Manager
  • Business Manager
  • Operations Manager
  • Business Owner
Unit/Achievement standards in schoolsTraineeshipHigher learningHigher learning