Canvas Worker

Lay out canvas, plastic, rubber, and other materials.
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Salary Range
$18,000 – $49,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Canvas Workers do?

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 shears 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 on shipboard. Examines completed sails for conformance to specifications. May make awning frames [AWNING-FRAME MAKER]. May be designated according to type of product made as Awning Maker; Sailmaker; Tentmaker.


Should I be a Canvas Worker?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.
  • Levelheaded: You hold your emotions in check, even in tough situations.
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.

  • Also known as: Canvas Marker, Canvas Worker Apprentice, Ceramic Worker, Chore Worker, Cinder Worker, Clay Worker, Color Worker See More

    How to become a Canvas Worker

    Canvas Workers generally graduate from high school and get on-the-job training. Think about earning a Certificate or Associate’s degree to increase your chances of finding a good job. Check out these schools offering Canvas Worker-related education!
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