Textile mechanics set up, adjust and maintain machines used in the textile, clothing and footwear industries.
To become a textile mechanic you usually have to complete an apprenticeship or traineeship in Engineering, Engineering - Mechanical Trade or Engineering - TCF Mechanic. Entry requirements may vary, but employers generally require Year 10. For more details, see Section 2. Ask your career adviser about the possibility of starting some of this training in school.
Textile mechanics may perform the following tasks:
Textile mechanics usually work shifts.
Textile mechanics are employed by weaving mills and manufacturers of clothing, knitted products, textiles, footwear and carpet. The nature of a textile mechanicâ€™s job is changing with the introduction of computerised machinery. With experience, and sometimes further training, textile mechanics may progress to technician, supervisory or quality control positions.
A knitting mechanic prepares patterning equipment that controls automatic knitting machines to produce a variety of knitted fabric and clothing, including hosiery, jumpers, shirts and underwear.
A sewing machine mechanic assembles, adjusts, lubricates and repairs industrial sewing machines.
A spinning mechanic studies specifications to determine settings for machines that use materials ranging from raw fibre through to finished thread such as wool and cotton. They then install and align gears, arrange yarns on the machines and adjust machines to produce different types and thicknesses of yarn.
A tufting mechanic works on machines that produce tufted carpet.
A weaving mechanic works on machines that convert yarns into fabrics such as blankets, carpets, towels and clothing material.