What does a textile machinery technician do?
A textile machinery technician sets up, services and repairs mechanical and computer-controlled machinery used in textiles manufacturing. Your key duties would be to:
- prepare and set up equipment for operatives, either manually or by programming settings
- respond to sudden breakdowns during a production run
- diagnose problems quickly and fix faults on site
- reassemble and test machinery to make sure it is safe to go back into production
- carry out planned maintenance, for example checking circuitry
- clean, oil and grease machinery
- record work in detail and inform shift managers of progress or problems
You could work on the machines used at every stage of the production process, from fibre preparation, spinning and fabric construction through to dyeing and finishing.
What do I need to do to become a textile machinery technician?
A common way is to take an engineering manufacturing apprenticeship. You're likely to need at least four GCSEs (A-C) in subjects such as maths, English, science, engineering or design and technology.
Another option is to study for an engineering qualification at college to learn some of the skills needed in this job. Relevant qualifications include those listed below.
- Engineering Manufacturing Apprenticeship
- Level 2 Certificate in Mechanical Engineering Technology
- Level 2 Certificate in Electrical and Electronic Engineering Technology
- Level 3 Diploma in Operations and Maintenance Engineering
- At least four GCSEs (A-C) in subjects such as maths, English, science, engineering or design and technology