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:
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.
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.
To be a textile technician you should:
Textile 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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