Weaving Machine Operators operate looms to weave yarn into cloth, carpet and other fabrics.

Specialisations: Beamer, Carpet Weaver, Warper.

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

Tasks

  • 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 carrying out quality control procedures.

All Textile & Footwear Production Machine Operators

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

Weaving Machine Operators

  • 230 workers Employment Size
  • Lower skill Skill level rating
  • 73% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 42 hours Average full-time
  • 48 years Average age
  • 50% female Gender Share

The number of people working as Weaving Machine Operators (in their main job) fell over 5 years:
from 440 in 2011 to 230 in 2016.

  • Size: This is a very small occupation.
  • Location: Weaving Machine Operators work in many parts of Australia. Victoria has a large share of workers.
  • Industries: Most work in Manufacturing; Arts and Recreation Services; and Health Care and Social Assistance.
  • Full-time: Many work full-time (73%, 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 48 years (compared to the average of 40 years). Many workers are 45 years or older (58%).
  • Gender: 50% 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)
Manufacturing64.1
Arts and Recreation Services8.2
Health Care and Social Assistance7.7
Other Services4.6
Other Industries15.4

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.
StateWeaving Machine OperatorsAll Jobs Average
NSW20.431.6
VIC46.825.6
QLD17.920.0
SA6.07.0
WA1.710.8
TAS2.62.0
NT4.71.0
ACT0.01.9

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 BracketWeaving Machine OperatorsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-191.3-5.05.0
20-245.8-9.39.3
25-3415.5-22.922.9
35-4419.5-22.022.0
45-5425.7-21.621.6
55-5914.6-9.09.0
60-6411.1-6.06.0
65 and Over6.6-4.24.2

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 QualificationWeaving Machine OperatorsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate0.0-10.110.1
Bachelor degree9.2-21.821.8
Advanced Diploma/Diploma6.0-11.611.6
Certificate III/IV25.0-21.121.1
Year 1224.5-18.118.1
Year 114.3-4.84.8
Year 10 and below31.0-12.512.5

You can work as a Weaving 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.

Or check out related courses on Job Outlook.

The course listings on this page are provided by Good Education Group.

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.

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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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