Textile Process Operator Kaimahi Kaka-aku
Textile process operators carry out a variety of tasks in the production of materials such as fabric, canvas, yarn and carpet.
Textile process operators may do some or all of the following:
- weave or knit fabrics, clothes and carpets
- operate the machinery used to make textiles
- wash and blend wool, yarn or cloth
- check the quality of products
- spin wool or other fibres to make yarn
- dye or bleach materials
- glue or weld fabric together
- press, stretch or waterproof materials.
Textile process operators need to be reasonably fit and strong and have good hand-eye co-ordination.
Useful experience for textile process operators includes:
- factory work
- mechanical engineering work
- sewing experience.
Textile process operators need to be:
- able to follow instructions
- accurate and careful
- quick and alert
- able to work well in a team
Textile process operators need to have knowledge of:
- textiles and the products being made
- welding, weaving, sewing and knitting methods
- safety regulations
- quality control methods
- how to maintain and operate machinery.
Textile process operators:
- usually work regular hours, but may sometimes work overtime
- work in factories in conditions that may be hazardous or noisy.
A minimum of three years of secondary education is recommended. Useful subjects include construction and mechanical technologies, maths and processing technologies.
Textile process operators may progress to work in design or product development, or move into management roles.
Textile process operators may specialise in:
- carpet making
- dyeing and finishing
- machine setting
Years Of Training<1 year of training usually required.
There are no specific requirements to become a textile process operator, as you gain skills on the job.
Textile process operators may complete Level 4 or Level 5 New Zealand Certificates in Dyeing and Finishing, Textile Machine Setting, Textile Manufacturing and Industrial Textile Fabrication while working.