Profession textile pattern making machine operator

Textile pattern making machine operators create patterns, designs and decoration for textiles and fabrics using machines and equipment. They choose which materials to use and check the quality of the textiles both before and after their work.

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Knowledge

  • Textile materials

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

  • Textile techniques

    Have a thorough understanding of textile processing techniques.

  • Properties of fabrics

    The influence of chemical composition and molecular arrangement of yarn and fibre properties and fabric structure on the physical properties of textile fabrics; the different fibre types, their physical and chemical characteristics and different material characteristics; the materials used in different processes and the effect on materials as they are processed. 

Skills

  • Modify textile designs

    Edit sketches and digital textile designs until they meet up with customers' requirements.

  • Apply health and safety standards

    Adhere to standards of hygiene and safety established by respective authorities.

  • Adhere to organisational guidelines

    Adhere to organisational or department specific standards and guidelines. Understand the motives of the organisation and the common agreements and act accordingly.

  • Decorate textile articles

    Decorate wearing apparels and made up textile articles by hand or using machines. Decorate textile articles with ornaments, braided cords, golden yarns, soutaches, jewellery, and cristals.

Optional knowledge and skills

textile industry machinery products tend textile drying machines embroider fabrics identify customer's needs textile technologies iron textiles dyeing technology manufacture man-made fibres tend spinning machines tend textile printing machines tend textile finishing machines produce textile samples prepare equipment for textile printing advise customers on sewing patterns textile trends cut textiles sew pieces of fabric manufacture braided products cad for garment manufacturing manufacture knitted textiles manufacture nonwoven staple products draw sketches to develop textile articles using softwares design warp knit fabrics manufacture non-woven filament products tend textile dyeing machines tend textile washing machines