Canvas Worker apprenticeship

Description of an apprenticeship as a Canvas Worker

Canvas Worker apprenticeship

DOT Code: 739.381-010

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Lays out canvas, plastic, rubber, and other materials and fabricates and assembles material into sails, awnings, tents, and tarpaulins: Lays out full scale drawings on sail loft floor, according to blueprints or sketches, using chalk. Cuts pattern from paper according to full scale drawing. Marks outline on material with crayon. Cuts material with shear or power cutter. Sews sections of material together on power sewing machine. Installs grommets, metal fittings, and fasteners by machine. When hand-sewing grommets, measures and marks off grommet holes on material, punches holes, using mallet, punch, and hardwood block, and sews galvanized iron ring to edge of hole, using sailmaker's palm and sail twine. Splices, inserts, and hems manila or wire rope in edges to relieve strain or sews rope at points where sail is attached to boom or mast. Secures rope or cable to finished article. Wraps and sews parts of rope or wire that are subject to chafing. Installs and adjusts completed product to shipboard. Examines completed sails for conformance to specifications. May make awning frames.

Work Process Schedule

Task Hours
A. Making Frames: cutting, threading and bending members; fitting and installing gears on awning frames; measuring and laying out frames. 1000
B. Finishing awnings: measure and lay-off covering; sew on rings; install grommets; apply on frame; wire on pulleys; install ropes. 1000
C. Installing awnings: safe carriage and setting of ladders; drill masonry and install anchors; drill metal for anchors, eyebolts; install fixtures in frames construction; safe carriage and hanging of rope pull up awnings; safe installation of gear controlled awnings (lateral type, outrigger and slide rod) 1500
D. Measuring for installation 250
E. Laying off and cutting out 1000
F. Estimating 1000
G. Other miscellaneous shop work 250
(Every 2,000 hours = one year) Total Hours: 6000
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Related technical instruction

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts requires 150 hours each year of related technical instruction which must be mastered by the apprentice in order to successfully complete the program. For further information, please call the Division of Apprentice Standards at (617) 626-5409.