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 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.

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Duties & Tasks of a Textile Mechanic

Textile mechanics may perform the following tasks:

  • 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.


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Sewing Machine Mechanic

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Spinning Mechanic

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Weaving Mechanic

A weaving mechanic works on machines that convert yarns into fabrics such as blankets, carpets, towels and clothing material.

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