Fabric Processing Operator.

3 months
Fashion and Design

This Fabric Processing Operator course is a Certificate level program accredited by NITA.

Fabric Processing Operator

Fabric Machine Operators set up and operate machines that make products from fibers. This NITA Fabric Operator training program training porgram is aimed at fabric manufacturing apprentices sponsored by industry and self-sponsored trainees.

Operators adjust the controls for tension, speed, and heat. For electronic equipment, they program controls or key in instructions. Sometimes, setters and set-up operators perform most of these set-up tasks.

Operators perform test runs to verify that the adjustments are correct. They inspect the product to be sure it meets requirements. During operation, operators watch gauges and control panels to make sure everything is operating correctly. Operators record data about work completed and machine settings used.

Operators do regular maintenance on their machines. They inspect machines to see if they need repairs or adjustments. They clean and oil their machines, and repair or replace worn parts. They also install, level, and align components such as:

  • Gears
  • Chains
  • Dies
  • Cutters
  • Needles

Textile process operators may do some or all of the following:

  • weave or knit fabrics, clothes, and carpets
  • operate the machinery used to make textiles
  • wash and blend wool, yarn, or cloth
  • check the quality of products
  • spin wool or other fibers to make yarn
  • dye or bleach materials
  • glue or weld fabric together
  • press, stretch, or waterproof materials.

Skills and knowledge

Textile process operators need to have knowledge of:

  • textiles and the products being made
  • welding, weaving, sewing and knitting methods
  • safety regulations 
  • quality control methods 
  • how to maintain and operate machinery.

There are several different types of textile machines:

  • Carding and combing machines clean and align natural fibers
  • Bleaching and dying machines bleach and dye fibers
  • Twisting machines wind or twist textiles
  • Extruding machines make fibers from synthetic materials
  • Knitting and weaving machines knit, loop, and weave textiles

No matter which type of machine they operate, fabric machine operators share similar duties. 

Before starting a job, textile machine operators study guides, charts, or specification sheets. They set up machines by threading thread through needles, adding bleaching solutions or dye, or installing cutting tools.

Fabric Processing Operator Entry Requirements

  • Open

Schools offering Fabric Processing Operator

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