Textile Machine OperatorPrint
TEXTILE MACHINE OPERATORS run machines that manufacture a large variety of textile products used in all types of consumer items, such as stockings, socks, towels, and skirts. They control equipment that cleans, cards, combs, and draws fiber; spins fiber into yarn; and weaves, knits, or tufts the yarn into textile products. Textile machine operators play a vital role in all the various processes. Each operator oversees numerous machines, performing such duties as repairing breaks in the yarn and monitoring its supply. Because highly automated machinery is increasingly used in textile mills, it makes it possible for each operator to monitor many machines.
Salary, Size & Growth
- $28,500 average per year ($13.75 per hour)
- A medium occupation (90,000 workers in 2010)
- Expected to decline (3.9% per year)
Although not required for all TEXTILE MACHINE OPERATORS, a high school diploma or its equivalent is becoming common for entry-level positions in many mills. Workers usually receive on-the-job training. Entrants with post-secondary vocational training or previous work experience in apparel production usually have a better chance of getting a job and advancing to supervisory positions. Training may also be obtained at technical schools or other formal training institutions. Because textile machinery is increasingly controlled electronically, basic knowledge of computers and electronics are an asset.