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Textile Knitting and Weaving Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders
SOC Code: 51-6063.00

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

Sample of reported job titles: Knitter, Knitting Machine Operator, Loom Fixer, Tufting Machine Operator, Warp Knit Operator, Weaver, Winder Operator

Tasks

  • Remove defects in cloth by cutting and pulling out filling.
  • 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.
  • Examine looms to determine causes of loom stoppage, such as warp filling, harness breaks, or mechanical defects.
  • Notify supervisors or repair staff of mechanical malfunctions.
  • 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.
  • Start machines, monitor operations, and make adjustments as needed.
  • Inspect machinery to determine whether repairs are needed.
  • Record information about work completed and machine settings.
  • Confer with co-workers to obtain information about orders, processes, or problems.
  • Stop machines when specified amounts of product have been produced.
  • Clean, oil, and lubricate machines, using air hoses, cleaning solutions, rags, oil cans, or grease guns.
  • Operate machines for test runs to verify adjustments and to obtain product samples.
  • Wash and blend wool, yarn, or cloth.
  • Program electronic equipment.
  • Study guides, loom patterns, samples, charts, or specification sheets, or confer with supervisors or engineering staff to determine setup requirements.
  • Repair or replace worn or defective needles and other components, using hand tools.
  • Install, level, and align machine components such as gears, chains, guides, dies, cutters, or needles to set up machinery for operation.
  • Adjust machine heating mechanisms, tensions, and speeds to produce specified products.

Technology Skills

  • Computer aided manufacturing CAM software
  • Electronic mail software - Microsoft Outlook
  • Spreadsheet software - Microsoft Excel
  • Word processing software - Microsoft Word

Tools Used

  • Adjustable wrenches - Adjustable hand wrenches
  • Air hoses
  • Bench scales - Grams per square meter GSM scales
  • Carding machine - Textile carding machines; Textile combing machines
  • Cloth cutting machines - Grams per square meter GSM cutters
  • Dyeing machines - Textile dying machines
  • End cut pliers - Cutter pliers
  • Feeder jig - Yarn feeders
  • Fine spinning machine - Fine spinners
  • Hex keys - L-keys
  • Knitting machines - Circular knitting machines; Flat bar knitting machines; Warp knitting machines; Weft knitting machines (see all 10 examples)
  • Ladders - Stepladders
  • Needlenose pliers
  • Oil can - Oil dispensing cans
  • Personal computers
  • Positioning jig - Fabric spreaders
  • Reeling or unreeling machines - Textile reeling machines
  • Screwdrivers - Multipurpose screwdrivers
  • Sewing machine needles - Compound needles; Latch needles; Spring bearded needles
  • Sewing machines - Industrial sewing machines
  • Shears - Textile shears
  • Spinning machines - Roving machines
  • Squares - Layout squares
  • Straight edges
  • Tape measures - Measuring tapes
  • Tension testers - Tension meters
  • Twisting machines
  • Weaving machines - Air jet weaving machines; Shuttle weaving machines; Tufting machines; Water jet weaving machines (see all 8 examples)
  • Winding or reeling or spooling machines - Thread winding machines

Knowledge

  • Administration and Management - Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
  • Production and Processing - Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.

Skills

  • Operation Monitoring - Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
  • 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.

Abilities

  • Arm-Hand Steadiness - The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.
  • Control Precision - The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.
  • Finger Dexterity - The ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects.
  • Multilimb Coordination - The ability to coordinate two or more limbs (for example, two arms, two legs, or one leg and one arm) while sitting, standing, or lying down. It does not involve performing the activities while the whole body is in motion.
  • Manual Dexterity - The ability to quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.
  • Near Vision - The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  • Trunk Strength - The ability to use your abdominal and lower back muscles to support part of the body repeatedly or continuously over time without 'giving out' or fatiguing.
  • Problem Sensitivity - The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
  • Auditory Attention - The ability to focus on a single source of sound in the presence of other distracting sounds.
  • Extent Flexibility - The ability to bend, stretch, twist, or reach with your body, arms, and/or legs.
  • Speech Clarity - The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.

Interests

  • Interest code: RC
    • Realistic - Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others.
    • Conventional - Conventional occupations frequently involve following set procedures and routines. These occupations can include working with data and details more than with ideas. Usually there is a clear line of authority to follow.

Work Context

  • Spend Time Using Your Hands to Handle, Control, or Feel Objects, Tools, or Controls - 82% responded “Continually or almost continually.”
  • Indoors, Environmentally Controlled - 93% responded “Every day.”
  • Spend Time Standing - 81% responded “Continually or almost continually.”
  • Spend Time Walking and Running - 60% responded “Continually or almost continually.”
  • Sounds, Noise Levels Are Distracting or Uncomfortable - 79% responded “Every day.”
  • Exposed to Contaminants - 80% responded “Every day.”
  • Pace Determined by Speed of Equipment - 52% responded “Extremely important.”
  • Wear Common Protective or Safety Equipment such as Safety Shoes, Glasses, Gloves, Hearing Protection, Hard Hats, or Life Jackets - 74% responded “Every day.”
  • Spend Time Bending or Twisting the Body - 49% responded “Continually or almost continually.”
  • Spend Time Making Repetitive Motions - 48% responded “Continually or almost continually.”
  • Importance of Being Exact or Accurate - 35% responded “Extremely important.”
  • Face-to-Face Discussions - 53% responded “Every day.”
  • Duration of Typical Work Week - 70% responded “40 hours.”
  • Exposed to Hazardous Equipment - 48% responded “Every day.”
  • Importance of Repeating Same Tasks - 35% responded “Extremely important.”
  • Contact With Others - 35% responded “Occasional contact with others.”

Education

Percentage of RespondentsEducation Level Required
66%High school diploma or equivalent
27%Less than high school diploma
5%Associate's degree

Work Styles

  • Attention to Detail - Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.
  • Dependability - Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.
  • Persistence - Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles.
  • Independence - Job requires developing one's own ways of doing things, guiding oneself with little or no supervision, and depending on oneself to get things done.
  • Self Control - Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations.
  • Cooperation - Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.
  • Achievement/Effort - Job requires establishing and maintaining personally challenging achievement goals and exerting effort toward mastering tasks.
  • Stress Tolerance - Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations.
  • Adaptability/Flexibility - Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace.
  • Initiative - Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.
  • Concern for Others - Job requires being sensitive to others' needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job.
  • Integrity - Job requires being honest and ethical.
  • Social Orientation - Job requires preferring to work with others rather than alone, and being personally connected with others on the job.
  • Analytical Thinking - Job requires analyzing information and using logic to address work-related issues and problems.
  • Innovation - Job requires creativity and alternative thinking to develop new ideas for and answers to work-related problems.

Work Values

  • Support - Occupations that satisfy this work value offer supportive management that stands behind employees. Corresponding needs are Company Policies, Supervision: Human Relations and Supervision: Technical.
  • Relationships - Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to provide service to others and work with co-workers in a friendly non-competitive environment. Corresponding needs are Co-workers, Moral Values and Social Service.
  • Working Conditions - Occupations that satisfy this work value offer job security and good working conditions. Corresponding needs are Activity, Compensation, Independence, Security, Variety and Working Conditions.

Wages & Trends

  • Median wages (2017)
    • $13.44 hourly, $27,960 annual
  • Employment (2016)
    • 22,000 employees
  • Projected growth (2016-2026)
    • Decline (-2% or lower)
  • Projected job openings (2016-2026)
    • 2,100

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