Date of Award:


Document Type:


Degree Name:

Master of Science (MS)


Applied Sciences, Technology, and Education

Department name when degree awarded

Home Economics and Consumer Education

Committee Chair(s)

Marie N. Krueger


Marie N. Krueger


Annette Fraser


Ruth Clayton


Keith Checketts


The purpose of this study was to make an assessment of the industry and needed qualifications of sewing machine operators in the apparel industry in the State of Utah. Feedback received may serve as guidelines in curriculum development for vocational clothing classes. Information was gathered by means of a questionnaire administered to plant or personnel managers. The questionnaire was hand carried or mailed to fifty-six plants across the state. Ninety-eight percent of the plants responded and were used in the statistics.

The questionnaire ellicited information on the following items:

1. The following points about Utah's apparel industry:

a. Availability of jobs

b. Geographic locations of plants and jobs statewide

c. Types of positions available

d. Training and/or skills

e. Machines and equipment used

f. Types of garments manufactured

2. Information for training programs:

a. Types of training present employees have received

b. Identified skills to be included in high school programs

c. Identified equipment needed in high school programs

3. The work activities of an entry level operator:

a. Ability to use machines

b. Skills in handling machines and fabric

c. Construction methods used

The study identified the machines used most often and the work activities needed for employment in the apparel industry. It is suggested that teachers and the industry cooperate with each other so that needs and practices of both can be of service one to another in the training of future employees.



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