How to become a Textile Mechanic

Textile mechanics set up, adjust and maintain machines used in the textile, clothing and footwear industries.

Personal requirements of a Textile Mechanic

  • Enjoy practical and manual activities
  • Good eyesight (may be corrected) and normal colour vision
  • Mechanical aptitude
  • Good hand-eye coordination
  • Able to work quickly to locate and fix problems
  • Good communication skills

Education & Training for a Textile Mechanic

To become a textile mechanic you usually have to complete an apprenticeship or traineeship. Entry requirements may vary, but employers generally require Year 10.

Duties & Tasks of a Textile Mechanic

Textile mechanics:

  • use tools and instruments to set up machines
  • start machines for trial runs to ensure they are running properly
  • diagnose and fix processing faults on textile equipment
  • inspect yarns and fabrics produced
  • repair or replace faulty parts
  • organise the smooth running of shifts and prevent problems from occurring
  • adjust machine settings to meet design specifications.

Working conditions for a Textile Mechanic

Textile mechanics usually work shifts.

Employment Opportunities for a Textile Mechanic

Textile mechanics are employed by weaving mills and manufacturers of clothing, knitted products, textiles, footwear and carpet. The nature of a textile mechanic'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.

Avg. weekly wage:

$1,500

Future growth:

Stable

Employment by state:

ACT ACT 0.3%

NSW NSW 25.9%

NT NT 1.5%

QLD QLD 27.2%

SA SA 7.6%

TAS TAS 2.4%

VIC VIC 14.3%

WA WA 20.8%

Hours worked:

42.1

Unemployment:

Lower unemployment

Gender split:

Male 98.7%

Female 1.3%

Education level:

Not completed Year 10: 1.1%

Not completed Year 12: 6.3%

Highest qualification is secondary school: 2.6%

Highest qualification is a Certificate 3 or 4: 77.9%

Highest qualification is a Diploma or Advanced Diploma: 7.2%

Highest qualification is a Bachelor degree: 4.9%

Age brackets:

15-19 - 2.1%

20-24 - 9.2%

25-34 - 24.6%

35-44 - 22.4%

45-54 - 20.8%

55-59 - 11.1%

60-64 - 6.1%

65 and Over - 3.7%

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

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