Textile and Footwear Production Machine Operators

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Textile and Footwear Production Machine Operators

Textile and Footwear Production Machine Operators operate machines to process raw hides and skins, raw textile fibres, and dye, weave and knit fibres for use in textile and footwear production.

Fun facts

  • Decline Future Growth
  • 82% full-time Full-Time Share
  • 33% female Gender Share


There are many tasks done by textile and footwear production machine operators. A few are listed below:

  • preparing machines for operation by selecting and installing attachments and components for specialised functions
  • setting and operating controls used to regulate processing operations
  • starting machines and monitoring operation to detect faults and ensure effectiveness of operation
  • loading drums with hides and skins, textiles, and dyeing and tanning solutions
  • cutting and machining leather and synthetic shoe uppers, and making shoes using moulded and cement construction techniques
  • threading loom shuttles with cross-yarn arms
  • positioning and feeding machines with fibre packages
  • repairing broken yarns by tying and splicing ends
  • examining finished products for defects and variations, reporting faults in machines, and carrying out quality control procedures

Specific occupations

  • Footwear Production Machine Operator
  • Hide and Skin Processing Machine Operator
  • Knitting Machine Operator
  • Textile Dyeing and Finishing Machine Operator
  • Weaving Machine Operator
  • Yarn Carding and Spinning Machine Operator
  • Textile and Footwear Production Machine Operator
  • Feltmaker
  • Net Maker
  • Rope Making Machine Operator
  • Tufting Machine Operator
  • Leather Production Machine Operator
  • Textile Knitter
  • Loom Operator
  • Warper
  • Cotton Ginner
  • Gill Box Operator
  • Yarn Comber
  • Yarn Texture Machine Operator
  • Warp Knitter
  • Textile Dyer
  • Textile Finisher
  • Beamer
  • Carpet Weaver
  • Sammying Machine Operator
  • Tanner
  • Flat Bed Knitter
  • Shoemaking Cutter
  • Shoemaking Finisher
  • Fellmongering Machine Operator
  • Hide and Skin Fleshing Machine Operator