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

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

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Tasks  |  Tools & Technology  |  Knowledge  |  Skills  |  Abilities  |  Work Activities  |  Detailed Work Activities  |  Work Context  |  Job Zone  |  Education  |  Credentials  |  Interests  |  Work Styles  |  Work Values  |  Related Occupations  |  Wages & Employment  |  Job Openings

Tasks

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

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Tools & Technology

Tools used in this occupation:

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

Technology used in this occupation:

  • Computer aided manufacturing CAM software See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Electronic mail software — Microsoft Outlook See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Spreadsheet software — Microsoft Excel See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Word processing software — Microsoft Word See more occupations related to this technology.

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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. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • Production and Processing — Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods. See more occupations related to this knowledge.

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Skills

  • Operation Monitoring — Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Monitoring — Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Operation and Control — Controlling operations of equipment or systems. See more occupations related to this skill.

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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. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Control Precision — The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • 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. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • 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. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • 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. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Near Vision — The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer). See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Oral Comprehension — The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Oral Expression — The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • 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. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • 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. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Auditory Attention — The ability to focus on a single source of sound in the presence of other distracting sounds. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Extent Flexibility — The ability to bend, stretch, twist, or reach with your body, arms, and/or legs. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Speech Clarity — The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you. See more occupations related to this ability.

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Work Activities

  • Handling and Moving Objects — Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Controlling Machines and Processes — Using either control mechanisms or direct physical activity to operate machines or processes (not including computers or vehicles). See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material — Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials to identify the cause of errors or other problems or defects. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Performing General Physical Activities — Performing physical activities that require considerable use of your arms and legs and moving your whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling of materials. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings — Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates — Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events — Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Judging the Qualities of Things, Services, or People — Assessing the value, importance, or quality of things or people. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Getting Information — Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Processing Information — Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or verifying information or data. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Repairing and Maintaining Mechanical Equipment — Servicing, repairing, adjusting, and testing machines, devices, moving parts, and equipment that operate primarily on the basis of mechanical (not electronic) principles. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Training and Teaching Others — Identifying the educational needs of others, developing formal educational or training programs or classes, and teaching or instructing others. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Estimating the Quantifiable Characteristics of Products, Events, or Information — Estimating sizes, distances, and quantities; or determining time, costs, resources, or materials needed to perform a work activity. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge — Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job. See more occupations related to this activity.

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Detailed Work Activities

  • Mount attachments or tools onto production equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Record operational or production data. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Cut fabrics. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Inspect textile products. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Study blueprints or other instructions to determine equipment setup requirements. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Exchange information with colleagues. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Set equipment controls to meet cutting specifications. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Inspect production equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Install mechanical components in production equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Clean production equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Feed materials or products into or through equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Replace worn equipment components. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Notify others of equipment repair or maintenance needs. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Clean materials to prepare them for production. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Operate textile cutting or production equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Conduct test runs of production equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Program equipment to perform production tasks. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Lubricate production equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Repair production equipment or tools. See more occupations related to this activity.

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Work Context

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

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Job Zone

Title Job Zone Two: Some Preparation Needed
Education These occupations usually require a high school diploma.
Related Experience Some previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is usually needed. For example, a teller would benefit from experience working directly with the public.
Job Training Employees in these occupations need anywhere from a few months to one year of working with experienced employees. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.
Job Zone Examples These occupations often involve using your knowledge and skills to help others. Examples include sheet metal workers, forest fire fighters, customer service representatives, physical therapist aides, salespersons (retail), and tellers.
SVP Range (4.0 to < 6.0)

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Education


Percentage of Respondents
Education Level Required
66   High school diploma or equivalent Help
27   Less than high school diploma
5   Associate's degree

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Credentials

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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. See more occupations related to this interest.
  • 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. See more occupations related to this interest.

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Work Styles

  • Attention to Detail — Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Dependability — Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Persistence — Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • 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. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Self Control — Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Cooperation — Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Achievement/Effort — Job requires establishing and maintaining personally challenging achievement goals and exerting effort toward mastering tasks. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Stress Tolerance — Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Adaptability/Flexibility — Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Initiative — Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Concern for Others — Job requires being sensitive to others' needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Integrity — Job requires being honest and ethical. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Social Orientation — Job requires preferring to work with others rather than alone, and being personally connected with others on the job. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Analytical Thinking — Job requires analyzing information and using logic to address work-related issues and problems. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Innovation — Job requires creativity and alternative thinking to develop new ideas for and answers to work-related problems. See more occupations related to this work style.

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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. See more occupations related to this work value.
  • 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. See more occupations related to this work value.
  • 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. See more occupations related to this work value.

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Wages & Employment Trends

Median wages (2014) $13.11 hourly, $27,270 annual
State wages Local Salary Info
 
Employment (2012) 22,000 employees
Projected growth (2012-2022) Decline (-3% or lower) Decline (-3% or lower)
Projected job openings (2012-2022) 3,500
State trends Employment Trends
 
Top industries (2012)

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2014 wage data external site and 2012-2022 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2012-2022). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.

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