Textile Cutting Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders

Set up, operate, or tend machines that cut textiles.

Median Annual Wage: $25,590

Education: High school diploma or equivalent (44%); Some college, no degree (27%); Less than high school diploma (20%)

Projected Growth: Decline (-3% or lower)

Related Job Titles: Machine Operator; Cutter; Cutter Operator; Press Operator; Fabric Cutter; Spreader; CNC Cutting Operator (Computer Numerical Control Cutting Operator); Die Cut Operator; Laser Operator; Spread Cutter

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  • Notify supervisors of mechanical malfunctions.
  • Repair or replace worn or defective parts or components, using hand tools.
  • Adjust cutting techniques to types of fabrics and styles of garments.
  • Inspect machinery to determine whether repairs are needed.
  • Adjust machine controls, such as heating mechanisms, tensions, or speeds, to produce specified products.
  • Inspect products to ensure that specifications are met and to determine whether machines require adjustment.
  • Confer with coworkers to obtain information about orders, processes, or problems.
  • Start machines, monitor operations, and make adjustments as needed.
  • Clean, oil, and lubricate machines, using air hoses, cleaning solutions, rags, oilcans, and grease guns.
  • Record information about work completed and machine settings.

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  • Troubleshooting - Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.
  • Quality Control Analysis - Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.
  • Equipment Maintenance - Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed.
  • Operation and Control - Controlling operations of equipment or systems.
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
  • Repairing - Repairing machines or systems using the needed tools.
  • Complex Problem Solving - Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.

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