What does a Textile Technician do?
Textile technicians maintain and repair machinery or plant used in textiles production. They may work in one or all of the following production areas within a textile factory, depending on its size:
- preparation of natural and synthetic fibres for spinning into yarn
- spinning and winding on to bobbins
- weaving, knitting, tufting yarn into fabric
- finishing processes such as dyeing or shaping.
Technicians check machines on a regular basis, fixing any minor problems. On modern machinery, computers assist technicians with diagnosing faults.
On locating a fault, they strip the machine, repair or replace the damaged parts, re-assemble the machine and then test it thoroughly before clearing it for production. Regular maintenance can involve cleaning, oiling, greasing and checking performance levels.
All work undertaken is recorded in detail.
What's the working environment like working as a Textile Technician?Hours of work vary between 37 and 40 hours a week. This may involve a shift system and overtime may be available.
Most modern textile factories are light and spacious. Some manufacturing processes are noisy and the atmosphere can be hot and humid. Textile technicians wear protective clothing.
What does it take to become a Textile Technician?To be a textile technician you should:
- have a high level of technical knowledge and strong practical skills
- have good analytical skills
- be computer literate
- have good eyesight and, for some jobs, normal colour vision
- be confident in order to make decisions and take the initiative
- be able to work as part of a team
- have good communication skills - both spoken and written.
Textile Technician Career OpportunitiesTextile technicians can progress to specialised roles jobs such as quality control or research and development, or can move into supervision and management.
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