Textile OperativeJob Description:
Textile operatives spin natural and synthetic material into yarns and fabrics for use in clothing, furnishings and industrial products.Job Category:
What you will do:
In this job, you will:
- set up machinery and programme instructions
- operate machine looms that knit, weave and loop threads together
- prepare fibres and make sure they are combed, cleaned and twisted into yarns
- spin fibres and wind them onto bobbins or cones
- monitor production and report any problems
- do quality checks
- treat fabrics to make them stain or crease resistant
- make sure machines are ready for handover to the next shift
- keep production areas clean
- the ability to operate and control equipment
- knowledge of manufacturing production and processes
- to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device
As well as:
You can get into this job through:
- a college course
- an apprenticeship
- applying directly
You could do a college course, which may help you when you start looking for work.
In the UK, for example, courses include:
- Certificate in Textiles
- Certificate in Fashion and Textiles
You could start by doing a textile manufacturing operative intermediate apprenticeship.
You can apply directly for work. There are no particular requirements although experience in textile manufacturing or sewing machinist work will be helpful.
Working Hours and Environment:
A typical week consists of 41-43 hours of work. You may be required to work between 8am and 6pm on shifts.
You could work in a factory or in a workshop.
Your working environment may be noisy.
Career Path & Progression:
You could move into a machine maintenance job or quality control after further training. With experience, you might get promotion to become a production supervisor then shift manager.