Knitting Machine Operators operate machines to knit fabrics, garment parts and other articles from yarns such as cotton, wool, nylon and rayon.

Also known as: Textile Knitter.

Specialisations: Flat Bed Knitter, Warp Knitter.

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

Tasks

  • Prepares machines for operation by selecting and installing attachments and components for specialised functions.
  • Sets and operates controls used to regulate processing operations.
  • Starts machines and monitors operation to detect faults and ensure effectiveness of operation.
  • Threads loom shuttles with cross-yarn arms.
  • Positions and feeds machines with fibre packages.
  • Repairs broken yarns by tying and splicing ends.
  • Examines finished products for defects and variations, reporting faults in machines, and carries out quality control procedures.

All Textile & Footwear Production Machine Operators

  • Unavailable Weekly Pay
  • Decline Future Growth
  • Higher Unemployment Unemployment

Knitting Machine Operators

  • Unavailable Employment Size
  • Lower skill Skill level rating
  • 71% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 42 hours Average full-time
  • 55 years Average age
  • 31% female Gender Share

The number of people working as Knitting Machine Operators (in their main job) stayed about the same over 5 years:
from 130 in 2011 to 80 in 2016.

  • Size: This is a very small occupation.
  • Location: Many Knitting Machine Operators work in Victoria and South Australia.
  • Industries: They mainly work in Manufacturing and Retail Trade.
  • Full-time: Many work full-time (71%, higher than the average of 66%).
  • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 42 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
  • Age: The average age is 55 years (compared to the average of 40 years). Most workers are aged 45 years or over
  • Gender: 31% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

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  • NSW

  • VIC

  • QLD

  • SA

  • TAS

  • NT

  • ACT

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You can work as a Knitting 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?

Before starting a course, check it will provide you with the skills and qualifications you need.

  • Compare Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses, providers and student outcomes on the My Skills website.
  • You might be interested in Textiles, Clothing & Footwear VET training pathways on the AAPathways website.

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Employers look for Textile & Footwear Production Machine Operators who are hardworking, can work well with others and are reliable.

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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.

Occupational Information Network
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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.

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Demands

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

  1. Spend Time Using Your Hands to Handle, Control, or Feel

    96% Important

    How much time do you spend using your hands to handle, control, or feel objects, tools or controls?

  2. Indoors, Heat Controlled

    95% Important

    How often do you work indoors with access to heating or cooling?

  3. Spend Time Standing

    95% Important

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  4. Spend Time Walking and Running

    91% Important

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  5. Sounds, Loud or Uncomfortable

    87% Important

    How often are you there sounds and noise levels 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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