Profession knitting machine operator

Knitting machine operators set up, operate and monitor knitting machines. They work with specialised machinery, techniques and materials to process threads of yarn into knitted products such as clothing, carpets or rope. They maintain and repair knitting machinery and ensure operations run without problems.

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Personality Type

Knowledge

  • Textile industry machinery products

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

  • Types of textile fibres

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

  • 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.

  • 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 technologies

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

  • 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 industry

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

  • Textile techniques

    Have a thorough understanding of textile processing techniques.

  • Fabric types

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

Skills

  • Maintain equipment

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

  • Work in textile manufacturing teams

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

  • Cut textiles

    Cut textiles fitting to customers' desires and needs.

  • Control textile process

    Plan and monitor textile production to achieve control on behalf of quality, productivity and delivery time.

  • 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.

  • Manufacture weft knitted fabrics

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

  • Manufacture knitted textiles

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

  • 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.

  • Tend knitting machine

    Operate knitting machines keeping efficiency and productivity at high levels.

Optional knowledge and skills

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