Other Textile and Footwear Production Machine Operators includes jobs like Feltmaker, Net Maker, Rope Making Machine Operator, and Tufting Machine Operator.

    There are several occupations in this group, which may have varying study pathways.

    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.
    • Cuts and machines leather and synthetic shoe uppers, and makes shoes using moulded and cement construction techniques.
    • Threads loom shuttles with cross-yarn arms.
    • Positions and feeds machines with fibre packages.
    • Repairs broken yarns by tying and splicing ends.
    • Loads drums with textiles and dye.
    • Examines finished products for defects and variations.

    All Textile & Footwear Production Machine Operators

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

    Other Textile and Footwear Production Machine Operators

    • 400 workers Employment Size
    • Lower skill Skill level rating
    • 82% Full-Time Full-Time Share
    • 41 hours Average full-time
    • 46 years Average age
    • 25% female Gender Share

    The number of people working as Other Textile and Footwear Production Machine Operators (in their main job) stayed about the same over 5 years:
    from 350 in 2011 to 400 in 2016.

    • Size: This is a very small occupation.
    • Location: Other Textile and Footwear Production Machine Operators work in many parts of Australia. Victoria and Queensland have a large share of workers.
    • 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 41 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
    • Age: The average age is 46 years (compared to the average of 40 years). Many workers are 45 years or older (57%).
    • Gender: 25% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

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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)
    Manufacturing76.9
    Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing6.3
    Wholesale Trade2.9
    Retail Trade2.6
    Other Industries11.3

    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.
    StateOther Textile and Footwear Production Machine OperatorsAll Jobs Average
    NSW20.131.6
    VIC43.325.6
    QLD24.920.0
    SA2.87.0
    WA7.110.8
    TAS1.82.0
    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 BracketOther Textile and Footwear Production Machine OperatorsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    15-191.8-5.05.0
    20-245.1-9.39.3
    25-3417.7-22.922.9
    35-4418.4-22.022.0
    45-5429.0-21.621.6
    55-5914.4-9.09.0
    60-648.6-6.06.0
    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 QualificationOther Textile and Footwear Production Machine OperatorsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate0.9-10.110.1
    Bachelor degree6.1-21.821.8
    Advanced Diploma/Diploma4.9-11.611.6
    Certificate III/IV17.1-21.121.1
    Year 1230.7-18.118.1
    Year 117.5-4.84.8
    Year 10 and below32.8-12.512.5

    There are several occupations in this group, which may have varying study pathways.

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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.

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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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