Textile Knitting and Weaving Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders

Set up, operate, or tend machines that knit, loop, weave, or draw in textiles.

Median Annual Wage: $27,270

Education: High school diploma or equivalent (66%); Less than high school diploma (27%); Associate's degree (5%)

Projected Growth: Decline (-3% or lower)

Related Job Titles: Winder Operator; Weaver; Knitter; Knitting Machine Operator; Tufting Machine Operator; Warp Knit Operator; Loom Fixer

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  • Inspect products to ensure that specifications are met and to determine if machines need adjustment.
  • Observe woven cloth to detect weaving defects.
  • Thread yarn, thread, and fabric through guides, needles, and rollers of machines for weaving, knitting, or other processing.
  • Notify supervisors or repair staff of mechanical malfunctions.
  • Examine looms to determine causes of loom stoppage, such as warp filling, harness breaks, or mechanical defects.
  • Set up, or set up and operate textile machines that perform textile processing and manufacturing operations such as winding, twisting, knitting, weaving, bonding, or stretching.
  • Inspect machinery to determine whether repairs are needed.
  • Start machines, monitor operations, and make adjustments as needed.
  • Record information about work completed and machine settings.
  • Stop machines when specified amounts of product have been produced.
  • Confer with co-workers to obtain information about orders, processes, or problems.

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  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
  • Operation and Control - Controlling operations of equipment or systems.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • 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.
  • Quality Control Analysis - Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.
  • Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.

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