A Dictionary of Occupational Terms Based on the Classification of Occupations used in the Census of Population, 1921.
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Sub-order 1.—Textile Workers

354.—Foremen and Overlookers—Spinning and Doubling (not Silk Doubling)

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doffing mistress, doffing overseer
is in charge of doffers (399) q.v. and directs their transfer to different frames as work demands.
doubling overlooker (cotton)
is in charge of doubling room, and responsible for regularity, quantity, and quality of output, for condition of machinery, etc.
head twister (wool) ; twisting overlooker
is in charge of twisting department; directs and controls twisters (366); adjusts roller speeds of twisting machines; is responsible for efficient working of twisting frames, and for quality and quantity of output.
mule overlooker, mule tuner, mule gaffer (slang) ; spinning mule head man
is responsible for efficiency of mule spinning departments; directs and controls minders (365) q.v. and other operatives employed therein; adjusts and repairs machines, and regulates speed of rollers; sometimes specifically designated, e.g. spinning mule overlooker, spinning mule tuner.
overlooker (doubling, spinning)
as for overlooker (353), but in charge of doubling or spinning departments .
ring major
(i) see ring overlooker;
(ii) supervises working of a section of ring frames under direction of ring overlooker q.v.
ring overlooker ; ring major
is in charge of ring spinning department; corresponds to mule overlooker q.v. in mule spinning department.
spinning master
(i) see spinning overlooker;
(ii) directs and controls spinning overlookers q.v. in large mills where several are employed.
spinning mill steward (silk)
a spinning overlooker q.v. in silk spinning department.
spinning mule head man
see mule overlooker.
spinning overlooker ; spinning master
is either a mule overlooker or a ring overlooker q.v.
twisting overlooker
see head twister.
under-master (mule spinning)
assists spinning master q.v.; works under his direction, and takes his place when he is absent.
wheel changer
an overlooker q.v. in wool spinning department, SO' called from work of changing gears and rollers in setting spinning machines.

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From: A Dictionary of Occupational Terms Based on the Classification of Occupations used in the Census of Population, 1921,
Ministry of Labour, 1927. Digitised by Peter Christian, August, 2016.   This text is in the Public Domain.