Textile Knitting and Weaving Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders

Description

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

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, and/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, and/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, and/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, and/or needles to set up machinery for operation.
  • Adjust machine heating mechanisms, tensions, and speeds to produce specified products.

Skills

Installation
Installing equipment, machines, wiring, or programs to meet specifications.
Science
Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.
Technology Design
Generating or adapting equipment and technology to serve user needs.
Programming
Writing computer programs for various purposes.

Abilities

Spatial Orientation
The ability to know your location in relation to the environment or to know where other objects are in relation to you.
Explosive Strength
The ability to use short bursts of muscle force to propel oneself (as in jumping or sprinting), or to throw an object.
Dynamic Flexibility
The ability to quickly and repeatedly bend, stretch, twist, or reach out with your body, arms, and/or legs.
Night Vision
The ability to see under low light conditions.
Peripheral Vision
The ability to see objects or movement of objects to one's side when the eyes are looking ahead.
Sound Localization
The ability to tell the direction from which a sound originated.

Work Activities

Monitoring and Controlling Resources
Monitoring and controlling resources and overseeing the spending of money.
Performing for or Working Directly with the Public
Performing for people or dealing directly with the public. This includes serving customers in restaurants and stores, and receiving clients or guests.
Staffing Organizational Units
Recruiting, interviewing, selecting, hiring, and promoting employees in an organization.
Drafting, Laying Out, and Specifying Technical Devices, Parts, and Equipment
Providing documentation, detailed instructions, drawings, or specifications to tell others about how devices, parts, equipment, or structures are to be fabricated, constructed, assembled, modified, maintained, or used.

Interests

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.
Enterprising
Enterprising occupations frequently involve starting up and carrying out projects. These occupations can involve leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes they require risk taking and often deal with business.
Artistic
Artistic occupations frequently involve working with forms, designs and patterns. They often require self-expression and the work can be done without following a clear set of rules.
Investigative
Investigative occupations frequently involve working with ideas, and require an extensive amount of thinking. These occupations can involve searching for facts and figuring out problems mentally.
Social
Social occupations frequently involve working with, communicating with, and teaching people. These occupations often involve helping or providing service to others.

Work Style

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.

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.
Achievement
Occupations that satisfy this work value are results oriented and allow employees to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment. Corresponding needs are Ability Utilization and Achievement.
Recognition
Occupations that satisfy this work value offer advancement, potential for leadership, and are often considered prestigious. Corresponding needs are Advancement, Authority, Recognition and Social Status.
Independence
Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to work on their own and make decisions. Corresponding needs are Creativity, Responsibility and Autonomy.

Lay Titles

Automatic Full-Fashioned Hosiery Knitting Machine Operator
Automatic Pad-Making Machine Operator
Axminster Weaver
Belt Weaver
Blanket Weaver
Braid Pattern Setter
Broadloom Weaver
Carpet Loom Fixer
Carpet Weaver
Cloth Weaver
Cloth Wire Weaver
Crochet Machine Operator
Crocheter
Denier Control Operator
Dobby Loom Weaver
Drawing Hand
Drawing in Hand
Drawing in Machine Tender
Emblem Drawer-In
Footer
Fringe Weaver
Full-Fashioned Garment Knitter
Hand Frame Surgical Elastic Knitter
Harness Builder
Harness Placer
Harness Worker
Heddler Tier
Hose Maker
Hosiery Knitter
Indian Blanket Weaver
Jacquard Lace Weaver
Jacquard Loom Carpet Weaver
Jacquard Loom Heddles Tier
Jacquard Loom Weaver
Jacquard Plate Maker
Knitter
Knitter Mechanic
Knitter Operator
Knitting Machine Fixer
Knitting Machine Operator
Lace Weaver
Lacemaker
Latcher
Legger
Levers-Lace Machine Operator
Link and Link Knitting Machine Operator
Link Knitting Machine Operator
Loom Changer
Loom Control Chain Builder
Loom Fixer
Loom Operator
Loop Puller
Looper
Looping Machine Operator
Machine Operator
Manufacturing Assistant
Manufacturing Associate
Manufacturing Operator
Narrow Fabrics Weaver
Needle Felt Making Machine Operator
Needle Loom Operator
Needle Loom Setter
Needle Loom Weaver
Netting Weaver
Pattern Weaver
Pattern Wheel Maker
Patternmaker Helper
Plush Weaver
Quilter Fixer
Rib Knitter
Ribber
Ribbing Machine Operator
Ribbon Weaver
Rug Hooker
Rug Weaver

National Wages and Employment Info

Median Wages (2008):
$12.76 hourly, $26,540 annual.
Employment (2008):
21,110 employees