Textile fibre and yarn preparation machine operators prepare textile fibres and spin, wind, reel, and twist yarn/thread.
A. Weavers operate looms to weave yarn/thread into textile fabrics and products.
B. Other weaving workers reproduce patterns, perform drawing-in/warp-tying activities, and set up looms.
C. Knitting machine operators run a battery of machines to produce knitted fabric, hosiery, garments, and other products.
D. Textile dyeing and finishing machine operators bleach, dye, and finish yarn, thread, cloth, and textile products.
E. Textile inspectors, graders and samplers prepare samples and inspect and grade textile products.
F. People in this group may be required to operate specialized machinery.
1. Textile mills - 38.0%
2. Clothing manufacturing - 24.0%
3. Textile product mills - 17.0%
4. Chemical manufacturing - 4.0%
5. Wholesale trade - 3.0%
1. To be a machine operator or other related worker in textile processing, you may need some high school, a high school diploma or a college diploma.
2. You may receive on-the-job training; its length depends on the complexity of the product or process, the number of machines you'll operate, and whether you'll perform equipment set-up/maintenance.
3. To become a weaver, knitter or other worker in a fabric-making occupation, you may need previous experience as a labourer in a textile processing company.
4. To be a textile inspector, grader or sampler, you may need experience as a weaver, knitter or other fabric-making operator.
5. Most recent entrants have a trade/vocational certificate.
1. Computer Basics - Word and Excel
3. Machine Shop
4. Family Studies (Home Economics)
The average hourly wages for Machine Operators and Related Workers in Textile Processing is $12.77/HR, which is below average for occupations in the processing, manufacturing and utilities sector and are below average for all intermediate occupations. These wages grew at an average rate from 2002 to 2004.