Textile and Footwear Production Machine Operators operate machines to process raw hides and skins, raw textile fibres, and dye, weave and knit fibres for use in textile and footwear production.

    You can work as a Textile or Footwear Production Machine Operator without formal qualifications. Some on the job training may be provided. Training is also available through VET (Vocational Education and Training).

    Tasks

    • preparing machines for operation by selecting and installing attachments and components for specialised functions
    • setting and operating controls used to regulate processing operations
    • starting machines and monitoring operation to detect faults and ensure effectiveness of operation
    • loading drums with hides and skins, textiles, and dyeing and tanning solutions
    • cutting and machining leather and synthetic shoe uppers, and making shoes using moulded and cement construction techniques
    • threading loom shuttles with cross-yarn arms
    • positioning and feeding machines with fibre packages
    • repairing broken yarns by tying and splicing ends
    • examining finished products for defects and variations, reporting faults in machines, and carrying out quality control procedures

    All Textile & Footwear Production Machine Operators

    • Unavailable Weekly Pay
    • Decline Future Growth
    • Higher Unemployment Unemployment
    • 1,500 workers Employment Size
    • Lower skill Skill level rating
    • 82% Full-Time Full-Time Share
    • 43 hours Average full-time
    • 48 years Average age
    • 33% female Gender Share

    The number of people working as Textile & Footwear Production Machine Operators (in their main job) fell over the past 5 years and is expected to fall over the next 5 years:
    from 1,500 in 2018 to 1,400 by 2023.
    Job openings can come from new jobs being created, but most come from turnover (workers leaving).
    There are likely to be around 1,000 job openings over 5 years (that's about 200 a year).

    • Size: This is a very small occupation.
    • Unemployment: Unemployment was above average in 2018.
    • Location: Many Textile & Footwear Production Machine Operators work in Victoria.
    • Industries: Most work in Manufacturing; Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing; and Wholesale Trade.
    • Full-time: Most work full-time (82%, much higher than the average of 66%).
    • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 43 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
    • Age: The average age is 48 years (compared to the average of 40 years). Many workers are 45 years or older (61%).
    • Gender: 33% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

    Employment Outlook

    Number of Workers

    Source: ABS Labour Force Survey, Department of Jobs and Small Business trend data to May 2018 and Department of Jobs and Small Business projections to 2023.
    YearNumber of Workers
    20083000
    20094700
    20103100
    20112600
    2012900
    20134100
    20141100
    20152500
    2016500
    20171400
    20181500
    20231400

    Weekly Earnings

    Weekly Earnings (Before Tax)

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    Main Industries

    Main Employing Industries (% Share)

    Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
    Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
    Manufacturing73.2
    Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing9.5
    Wholesale Trade2.9
    Retail Trade2.7
    Other Industries11.7

    States and Territories

    • NSW

    • VIC

    • QLD

    • SA

    • TAS

    • NT

    • ACT

    Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

    Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
    StateTextile and Footwear Production Machine OperatorsAll Jobs Average
    NSW24.331.6
    VIC47.725.6
    QLD16.020.0
    SA6.57.0
    WA3.410.8
    TAS1.32.0
    NT0.61.0
    ACT0.21.9

    Age Profile

    Age Profile (% Share)

    Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
    Age BracketTextile and Footwear Production Machine OperatorsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    15-191.4-5.05.0
    20-245.7-9.39.3
    25-3413.6-22.922.9
    35-4418.1-22.022.0
    45-5430.2-21.621.6
    55-5915.4-9.09.0
    60-6410.4-6.06.0
    65 and Over5.1-4.24.2

    Education Level

    Highest Level of Education (% Share)

    Source: ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.
    Type of QualificationTextile and Footwear Production Machine OperatorsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate0.3-10.110.1
    Bachelor degree6.1-21.821.8
    Advanced Diploma/Diploma5.4-11.611.6
    Certificate III/IV19.5-21.121.1
    Year 1224.2-18.118.1
    Year 119.4-4.84.8
    Year 10 and below35.1-12.512.5

    You can work as a Textile or Footwear Production Machine Operator without formal qualifications. Some on the job training may be provided. Training is also available through VET (Vocational Education and Training).

    Thinking about study or training?

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    • Compare Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses, providers and student outcomes on the My Skills website.
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    Employers look for Textile & Footwear Production Machine Operators who are hardworking, can work well with others and are reliable.

    Filter Skills & Knowledge

    Knowledge

    These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

    1. Production and processing

      37% Skill level

      Raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and ways of making and distributing goods.

    2. Administration and management

      36% Skill level

      Business principles involved in strategic planning, leadership, and coordinating people and resources.

    3. English language

      35% Skill level

      English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

    4. Clerical

      33% Skill level

      Word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office work.

    5. Public safety and security

      31% Skill level

      Use of equipment, rules and ideas to protect people, data, property, and institutions.

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    The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 51-6063.00 - Textile Knitting and Weaving Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders.

    Learn about the daily activities, and physical and social demands faced by workers. Explore the values and work styles that workers rate as most important.

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    Demands

    The physical and social demands workers face most often are shown below.

    1. Using your hands to handle, control, or feel

      96% Important

      Spend time using your hands to handle, control, or feel objects, tools or controls.

    2. Indoors, heat controlled

      95% Important

      Work indoors with access to heating or cooling.

    3. Spend time standing

      95% Important

      Spend time standing at work.

    4. Walking and running

      91% Important

      Spend time walking and running.

    5. Loud or uncomfortable sounds

      87% Important

      Be exposed to noises and sounds that are distracting or uncomfortable.

    Occupational Information Network
    O*NET is a trademark of the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.
    The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 51-6063.00 - Textile Knitting and Weaving Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders.

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