Profession knitting machine operator

Knitting machine operators set up, operate and monitor weaving and knitting machines which process yarn or thread into woven, non-woven and knitted products such as cloth, lace, carpets, rope, industrial fabric, hosiery and knitted garments or to quilt and embroider fabric.

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Personality Type

  • Realistic / Conventional

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  • Textile materials

    Have a good understanding of the properties of different textile materials.

  • Knitting machine technology

    Manufacturing technologies which use loop forming techniques to convert yarns into fabrics in order to form knitted fabrics.

  • Fabric types

    Woven, non-woven, knitted fabrics and netting fabrics, technical fabrics such as Gore-Tex and Gannex.

  • Textile products, textile semi-finished products and raw materials

    The offered textile products, textile semi-finished products and raw materials, their functionalities, properties and legal and regulatory requirements.

  • Textile industry machinery products

    The offered textile industry machinery products, their functionalities, properties and legal and regulatory requirements.

  • Textile techniques

    Have a thorough understanding of textile processing techniques.

  • Textile measurement

    Textile measurement units, such as mommes, thread count (the degree of coarseness of a fabric), picks per inch (PPI) and ends per inch (EPI).

  • Textile technologies

    Textile technologies to design, manufacture and evaluate the properties of textiles.

  • Textile industry

    Major textile manufacturers on the market of various brands and materials.

  • Types of textile fibres

    The variety of textile fibres both natural such as wool and hemp and man-made or synthetic fibers.


  • Manufacture weft knitted fabrics

    Perform the operation, monitoring and maintenance of machines and processes to manufacture weft knitting fabrics.

  • Control textile process

    Planning and monitoring textile production to achieve control on behalf of quality, productivity and delivery time.

  • Ensure equipment availability

    Ensure that the necessary equipment is provided, ready and available for use before start of procedures.

  • Maintain work standards

    Maintaining standards of work in order to improve and acquire new skills and work methods.

  • Manufacture knitted textiles

    Perform the operation, monitoring and maintenance of machines and processes to manufacture knitted products keeping efficiency and productivity at high levels.

  • Work in textile manufacturing teams

    Work harmoniously with colleagues in teams in the textile and clothing manufacturing industries.

  • Tend knitting machine

    Operate knitting machines keeping efficiency and productivity at high levels.

  • Cut textiles

    Cut textiles fitting to customers' desires and needs.

  • Set-up weft knitting machines

    Prepare weft knitting machines. Activities related to preparing for weft knitting process, knitting to specification and keeping the work area clean and safe.

  • Maintain equipment

    Regularly inspect and perform all required activities to maintain the equipment in functional order prior or after its use.

Optional knowledge and skills

produce textile designs draw sketches to develop textile articles evaluate textile characteristics manufacture fur products create patterns for textile products manufacturing of fur products manufacture textile floor coverings design warp knit fabrics use warp knitting technologies properties of fabrics produce textile samples modify textile designs manufacture braided products

Common job titles

  • 3rd shift knitting machine operator
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  • Manufacturing operator
  • Entry level manufacturing - 2nd or 3rd shift