Textile and Footwear Production Machine Operator

Textile and Footwear Production Machine Operators are an initial step in creating the clothing that is worn daily. Working with material, fabrics, dyes, and hides, these operators make clothing lines possible.

Duties and tasks

  • Lifting and loading products into machines that are necessary to create a fabric
  • Maintenance and installation of specialty attachments when necessary
  • Operating a machine in a safe and satisfactory manner
  • Quality control of finished products, searching for imperfections\
  • Regulation of machinery necessary to create quality materials

Skills required

  • Ability to lift large bolts of materials, bags of fill, or bolts of yarn
  • Ability to supervise for quality control and correct usage of machinery
  • Hand-eye coordination for threading needles, feeding machines, and positioning yarns and threads in a timely manner
  • Maintenance of machines for small details on a given fabric or textile
  • Strong visual skills to locate imperfections and/or defects in the finished product

Working conditions

Textile and Footwear Production Machine Operators will most likely work in a large factory type building. Depending on the factory, nights and weekends may offer shift work as the goal is to produce as much product as possible. Weather does not adversely affect this type of work as it is completed predominantly indoors.

Professional associations / Industry information

Manufacturing Skills Australia
The Textile, Clothing and Footwear Union of Australia (TCFUA)

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