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Textile machinery technician

Textile machinery technicians maintain, service and repair machinery used in textiles manufacturing.

Salary, a pound sign Salary: £18,000 to £30,000 average per year
Hours, a clock face Hours: 37 to 40 per week

1. Entry requirements

You're likely to need at least 3 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) or equivalent, in subjects like English, maths, science, engineering or design and technology.

You could get into this job:

  • through an apprenticeship
  • by doing an engineering qualification at college

2. Skills required

You’ll need:

  • a high level of technical knowledge
  • strong practical skills
  • excellent problem-solving skills
  • the ability to follow set procedures
  • IT skills

3. What you'll do

You’ll work on the machines used at every stage of the textile production process, from fibre preparation, spinning and fabric construction through to dyeing and finishing.

Your day-to-day duties might include:

  • preparing and setting up equipment for operatives
  • responding to breakdowns during a production run
  • diagnosing problems quickly and fixing faults on site
  • reassembling and testing machinery to make sure it’s safe to go back into production
  • carrying out maintenance
  • recording work in detail and informing shift managers of progress or problems

4. Salary

Starter: £18,000 to £21,000

Experienced: £22,000 to £25,000

Highly Experienced: Up to £30,000 (supervisor)

These figures are a guide.

5. Working hours, patterns and environment

You’ll work between 37 and 40 hours a week, usually on a 24-hour shift pattern. 

You’ll be in a factory environment, which could be noisy. 

You’ll wear safety clothing and ear protectors on the factory floor.

You may need to travel to other parts of the country to visit equipment suppliers or to attend workshops on new machinery.

6. Career path and progression

With experience, you could specialise in areas like quality control or research and development.

You could also move into a supervisory or management post.

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Last updated: 09 October 2018