Textile process operative

Job holders in this unit group operate machines to prepare natural and synthetic fibres for processing, spin and twist fibre into yarn, thread, twine, rope and other similar material, and estimate the quantities of colouring matter required for printing and dyeing fabrics.

Tasks

  • Cleans and oils machine, detects and reports mechanical faults to technicians.
  • Stretches, shrinks, brushes, dampens and presses fabric and shears or burns off protruding fabric fibres as required.
  • Examines colour cards or specifications, estimates quantity of colouring material needed to print or dye fibre and calculates and mixes ingredients accordingly.
  • Checks quality of completed material, marks any flaws and removes badly damaged sections.
  • Detects blockages, tangled thread, defective or broken material, and joins broken ends by hand or mechanical knotting.
  • Replenishes the supply of input fibres, removes and replaces full output packages, cards and spools.
  • Sets controls, starts machinery and monitors the passage of material processed.

Typical Education Level

Level 2 NVQ; GCSE at grades A*-C

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

£20,176

Average annual earnings

The current average wage for textile process operative is £20,176

169 positions

Current Employment

The number of jobs in the career for the current year is 169. Job counts include both employed and self-employed persons, and do not distinguish between full- and part-time jobs.

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Job Postings

Over the past year, jobs have been posted for textile process operative roles.

How well does it pay?

Normal pay for this occupation is £20,176 per year. That is about £1,681 per month or £10.35 per hour. New workers generally start on £15,621, while highly experienced workers can earn as much as £30,930

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, 169 people are employed in the region.

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