Yarn Carding and Spinning Machine Operators operate machines to convert raw textile fibres into continuous untwisted and twisted strands of yarn, for use in clothing, carpets, curtains and other fabrics.

Specialisations: Cotton Ginner, Gill Box Operator, Yarn Comber, Yarn Texture Machine Operator.

You can work as a Yarn Carding and Spinning 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, reports faults in machines, and carries out quality control procedures.

All Textile & Footwear Production Machine Operators

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

Yarn Carding and Spinning Machine Operators

  • 230 workers Employment Size
  • Lower skill Skill level rating
  • 93% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 50 hours Average full-time
  • 43 years Average age
  • 13% female Gender Share

The number of people working as Yarn Carding and Spinning Machine Operators (in their main job) fell over 5 years:
from 460 in 2011 to 230 in 2016.

  • Size: This is a very small occupation.
  • Location: Many Yarn Carding and Spinning Machine Operators work in New South Wales.
  • Industries: Most work in Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing; Manufacturing; and Wholesale Trade.
  • Full-time: Most work full-time (93%, much higher than the average of 66%).
  • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 50 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
  • Age: The average age is 43 years (compared to the average of 40 years).
  • Gender: 13% 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)
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing59.6
Manufacturing33.9
Wholesale Trade4.1
Construction2.3
Other Industries0.1

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.
StateYarn Carding and Spinning Machine OperatorsAll Jobs Average
NSW46.631.6
VIC29.725.6
QLD20.720.0
SA1.77.0
WA1.310.8
TAS0.02.0
NT0.01.0
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 BracketYarn Carding and Spinning Machine OperatorsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-191.7-5.05.0
20-2411.4-9.39.3
25-3422.3-22.922.9
35-4421.8-22.022.0
45-5428.8-21.621.6
55-5910.5-9.09.0
60-642.2-6.06.0
65 and Over1.3-4.24.2

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 QualificationYarn Carding and Spinning Machine OperatorsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate0.0-10.110.1
Bachelor degree0.0-21.821.8
Advanced Diploma/Diploma0.0-11.611.6
Certificate III/IV31.3-21.121.1
Year 1227.5-18.118.1
Year 1110.0-4.84.8
Year 10 and below31.3-12.512.5

You can work as a Yarn Carding and Spinning 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.

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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

    27% Skill level

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

  2. English language

    22% Skill level

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

  3. Mechanical

    22% Skill level

    Machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.

  4. Administration and management

    21% Skill level

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

  5. Education and training

    20% Skill level

    Curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

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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, 51-6064.00 - Textile Winding, Twisting, and Drawing Out Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders.

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Demands

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

  1. Wear common protective or safety equipment

    93% Important

    Wear equipment like safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hard hats or life jackets.

  2. Pace of work set by equipment

    92% Important

    Pace of work depends on the speed of equipment or machinery.

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

    91% Important

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

  4. Loud or uncomfortable sounds

    89% Important

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

  5. Walking and running

    87% Important

    Spend time walking and running.

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, 51-6064.00 - Textile Winding, Twisting, and Drawing Out Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders.

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