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Textile Mechanic

Apprenticeship Traineeship Year 10 Preferred

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

Textile mechanics usually work shifts.


    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


  • 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

Interest Area



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.

Sewing Machine Mechanic - assembles, adjusts, lubricates and repairs industrial sewing machines.

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.

Tufting Mechanic - works on machines that produce tufted carpet.

Weaving Mechanic - works on machines that convert yarns into fabrics such as blankets, carpets, towels and clothing material.


Apprenticeship Traineeship Year 10 Preferred

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.


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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