How to become a Industrial Textiles Fabricator

Industrial textiles fabricators lay out, cut, assemble and repair products made of various textiles, including canvas and synthetic fabric. They produce awnings, tents, annexes, tarpaulins, horse rugs, vehicle covers, shade cloths, bags, rucksacks, boat covers, banners, pool covers and yacht sails.

Personal requirements of a Industrial Textiles Fabricator

  • enjoy practical and manual activities
  • good hand-eye coordination
  • good concentration
  • enjoy working with numbers
  • understanding of design and structures.

Duties & Tasks of a Industrial Textiles Fabricator

Industrial textiles fabricators: • consult with customers to establish design specifications • produce patterns according to the specifications of technical drawings and designs • select, measure and mark out material • cut material to shape with shears or power cutters • set up and maintain industrial sewing machines • sew pieces of fabric together by hand or using light or industrial sewing machines • hem articles, inserting rope if required, and attach eyelets, grommets, zippers, buckles, straps and other fasteners • attach ropes to products using hand tools • treat material for water and rot proofing • operate high frequency and hot air welding equipment if handling PVC material • make and repair sails for yachts from canvas and synthetic materials.



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Future growth:


Employment by state:

ACT ACT 1.5%

NSW NSW 34.4%

NT NT 1.9%

QLD QLD 17.5%

SA SA 8.2%

TAS TAS 9.6%

VIC VIC 15.7%

WA WA 11.1%

Hours worked:



Lower unemployment

Gender split:

Male 88.2%

Female 11.8%

Education level:

Not completed Year 10: 40.5%

Not completed Year 12: 28.6%

Highest qualification is a Certificate 3 or 4: 31%

Age brackets:

15-19 - 3.8%

20-24 - 7.6%

25-34 - 12.2%

35-44 - 15%

45-54 - 8%

55-59 - 19.4%

60-64 - 25.3%

65 and Over - 8.6%

*The data above is sourced from the Department of Employment’s Job Outlook website.

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