Textile Process Operatives

Textile process operatives 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.


New workers

New workers start around £15,572. Normal pay is £24,676 per year.
Highly experienced workers can earn up to £35,880.

Available jobs

In the past year there were 18,681 vacancies for this type of job


Projected job growth over the next 8 years

Related courses

People work towards these careers by taking these courses at college and uni.

What they do most days?

  • 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.

Hard Skills

Hard skills are specific, learnable, measurable, often industry or occupation-specific abilities related to a position.

Skills are ranked based on the number of job adverts that list them as required skills.

  • Machinery

  • Production Line

  • Housekeeping

  • Warehousing

  • Engineering Drawings

  • Machining

  • Computer Numerical Control (CNC)

  • Food Safety And Sanitation

  • CNC Milling

  • Production Process

Soft Skills

Soft skills can be self-taught and usually do not necessitate a certain completed level of education.

Skills are ranked based on the number of job adverts that list them as required skills.

  • Communication

  • Detail Oriented

  • Management

  • Operations

  • Problem Solving

  • Customer Service

  • English Language

  • Teamwork

  • Self-Motivation

  • Packaging And Labeling

How do I get a job like this?

People in these types of job started their career paths after studying courses like the ones below.