Textile process operative
- Sets controls, starts machinery and monitors the passage of material processed.
- Replenishes the supply of input fibres, removes and replaces full output packages, cards and spools.
- Detects blockages, tangled thread, defective or broken material, and joins broken ends by hand or mechanical knotting.
- Checks quality of completed material, marks any flaws and removes badly damaged sections.
- Examines colour cards or specifications, estimates quantity of colouring material needed to print or dye fibre and calculates and mixes ingredients accordingly.
- Stretches, shrinks, brushes, dampens and presses fabric and shears or burns off protruding fabric fibres as required.
- Cleans and oils machine, detects and reports mechanical faults to technicians.
Typical Education Level
There are no formal academic entry requirements. Training is typically provided on-the-job. NVQs/ SVQs in Manufacturing Textiles are available at Levels 1, 2 and 3.
Will retirement created job openings
In the UK, 21% in this profession are aged 55 or above.* They will likely retire in the next 10 years, creating a demand for new workers
*This is based on national data
Average annual earnings
The current average wage for textile process operative is £19,071
The number of jobs in the career for the current year is 174. Job counts include both employed and self-employed persons, and do not distinguish between full- and part-time jobs.
Over the past year, 0 jobs have been posted for textile process operative roles.
How well does it pay?
Normal pay for this occupation is £19,071 per year. That is about £1,589 per month or £9.78 per hour. New workers generally start on £14,703, while highly experienced workers can earn as much as £29,465
Is it growing or declining?
This career has remained the same over the last 2 years, and is expected to remain the same over the next 4 years. Currently, 174 people are employed in the region.