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Textile Machinery Technician

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Education
Most occupations in this zone require job specific training (vocational training) related to the occupation (NFQ Levels 5 and 6 or higher), related on-the-job experience, or a relevant professional award.

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€20k > 37
Textile Machinery Technician
Salary Range
(thousands per year)*
€20 - 37
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Last Updated: April, 2017

* The lower figures typically reflect starting salaries. Higher salaries are awarded to those with greater experience and responsibility. Positions in Dublin sometimes command higher salaries.
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At a Glance... header image

Textile technicians set up, adjust and maintain the machinery used in textile production ensuring that the production runs smoothly and efficiently.


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Textile technicians are responsible for setting up, adjusting, timing and maintaining machinery used in textile production. They are normally responsible for the efficient running of a number of machines and may make reports on their performance. When faults in quality occur in yarn, fibre or fabric, the textile technician may carry out appropriate tests.  
 
Textile technicians carry out routine cleaning, oiling and process supervision to ensure that there are no breakdowns or delays in production and to ensure the safety of workers.

Some textile technicians specialise in quality control. Much of this work involves carrying out laboratory based tests.


Tasks & Activitiesheader image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported tasks and activities for this occupation

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Notify supervisors or mechanics of equipment malfunctions.

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Start machines, monitor operation, and make adjustments as needed.

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Tend machines with multiple winding units that wind thread onto shuttle bobbins for use on sewing machines or other kinds of bobbins for sole-stitching, knitting, or weaving machinery.

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Inspect products to verify that they meet specifications and to determine whether machine adjustment is needed.

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Tend machines that twist together two or more strands of yarn or insert additional twists into single strands of yarn to increase strength, smoothness, or uniformity of yarn.

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Replace depleted supply packages with full packages.

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Observe operations to detect defects, malfunctions, or supply shortages.

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Thread yarn, thread, or fabric through guides, needles, and rollers of machines.

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Operate machines for test runs to verify adjustments and to obtain product samples.

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Inspect machinery to determine whether repairs are needed.

Work Activities header image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported work activities in this occupation.

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Handling and Moving Objects: Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things.

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Controlling Machines and Processes: Using either control mechanisms or direct physical activity to operate machines or processes (not including computers or vehicles).

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Performing General Physical Activities: Performing physical activities that require considerable use of your arms and legs and moving your whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling of materials.

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Making Decisions and Solving Problems: Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.

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Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material: Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials to identify the cause of errors or other problems or defects.

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Judging the Qualities of Things, Services, or People: Assessing the value, importance, or quality of things or people.

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Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings: Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems.

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Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates: Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.

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Documenting/Recording Information: Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.

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Estimating the Quantifiable Characteristics of Products, Events, or Information: Estimating sizes, distances, and quantities; or determining time, costs, resources, or materials needed to perform a work activity.


Knowledge header image

The following is a list of the five most commonly reported knowledge areas for this occupation.

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Production and Processing: Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.

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English Language: Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

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Administration and Management: Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.

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Mechanical: Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.

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Computers and Electronics: Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.


Skillsheader image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported skills used in this occupation.

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Operation and Control: Controlling operations of equipment or systems.

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Operation Monitoring: Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.

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Monitoring: Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

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Quality Control Analysis: Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.

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Critical Thinking: Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

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Equipment Maintenance: Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed.

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Instructing: Teaching others how to do something.

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Troubleshooting: Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.

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Coordination: Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.

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Repairing: Repairing machines or systems using the needed tools.

Personal Qualitiesheader image

You will need technical knowledge of machines and fibres. You will also need good hand skills to use tools and equipment. You must be able to make accurate measurements and numerical calculations. Problem solving skills are important.  
 
Many textile machines and processes are becoming increasingly computerised, so you will be required to gain expertise in electronics as well as mechanics and electrics.


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Go..Textile Machinery Technician - from: N.C.S. [UK]

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Organisation: Society of Dyers and Colourists
Address: Perkin House 82 Grattan Road, Bradford, West Yorks, BD1 2JB, UK
Tel: +44 (0)1274 725138
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Organisation: Irish Clothing and Textile Alliance (ICATA)
Address: Confederation House, 84-86 Lower Baggot St., Dublin 2
Tel: (01) 605 1529/1580
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