Textile, Clothing and Footwear Mechanics set up, adjust and maintain industrial or domestic sewing machines, or machines used in the production of yarn, textiles or footwear.

Specialisations: Loom Tuner, Sewing Machine Mechanic, Textile Machine Mechanic.

A high level of skill is needed to work as a Textile, Clothing or Footwear Mechanic. While formal qualifications are not essential, they may be useful. Training is available through VET (Vocational Education and Training).

Tasks

  • Sets guides, stops and other controls on machining tools, sets up and sets controls for textile machines.
  • Diagnoses faults and performs operational maintenance of machines, and overhauls and repairs.
  • May erect machines and equipment on-site.

All Metal Fitters and Machinists

  • $2,062 Weekly Pay
  • Stable Future Growth
  • Lower unemployment Unemployment

Textile, Clothing and Footwear Mechanics

  • 280 workers Employment Size
  • Medium skill Skill level rating
  • 71% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 43 hours Average full-time
  • 55 years Average age
  • 8% female Gender Share

The number of people working as Textile, Clothing and Footwear Mechanics (in their main job) stayed about the same over 5 years:
from 360 in 2011 to 280 in 2016.

  • Size: This is a very small occupation.
  • Location: Textile, Clothing and Footwear Mechanics work in many parts of Australia. Victoria has a large share of workers.
  • Industries: Most work in Other Services; Manufacturing; and Retail Trade.
  • Full-time: Many work full-time (71%, 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 55 years (compared to the average of 40 years). Many workers are 45 years or older (77%).
  • Gender: 8% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

Employment Outlook

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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)
Other Services33.2
Manufacturing32.4
Retail Trade23.7
Wholesale Trade4.6
Other Industries6.1

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, Clothing and Footwear MechanicsAll Jobs Average
NSW24.231.6
VIC41.225.6
QLD20.620.0
SA5.17.0
WA5.110.8
TAS2.92.0
NT0.01.0
ACT1.11.9

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, Clothing and Footwear MechanicsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-191.8-5.05.0
20-241.1-9.39.3
25-348.3-22.922.9
35-4411.5-22.022.0
45-5426.6-21.621.6
55-5920.5-9.09.0
60-6413.3-6.06.0
65 and Over16.9-4.24.2

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, Clothing and Footwear MechanicsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate0.0-10.110.1
Bachelor degree6.6-21.821.8
Advanced Diploma/Diploma5.8-11.611.6
Certificate III/IV57.4-21.121.1
Year 128.9-18.118.1
Year 111.6-4.84.8
Year 10 and below19.8-12.512.5

A high level of skill is needed to work as a Textile, Clothing or Footwear Mechanic. While formal qualifications are not essential, they may be useful. Training is available through VET (Vocational Education and 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 Metal Fitters and Machinists who are reliable, flexible, adaptable and work well in a team.

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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.

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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. 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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