Alabama Department of Labor

Labor Market Information Division
SOC: 51-6063 Textile Knitting and Weaving Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders
Set up, operate, or tend machines that knit, loop, weave, or draw in textiles. Exclude "Sewing Machine Operators" (51-6031).
Education: These occupations usually require a high school diploma.
OJT: Employees in these occupations need anywhere from a few months to one year of working with experienced employees. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.
Tasks: Remove defects in cloth by cutting and pulling out filling. Inspect products to ensure that specifications are met and to determine if machines need adjustment. Observe woven cloth to detect weaving defects. Thread yarn, thread, and fabric through guides, needles, and rollers of machines for weaving, knitting, or other processing. Examine looms to determine causes of loom stoppage, such as warp filling, harness breaks, or mechanical defects. Notify supervisors or repair staff of mechanical malfunctions. Set up, or set up and operate textile machines that perform textile processing and manufacturing operations such as winding, twisting, knitting, weaving, bonding, and/or stretching. Start machines, monitor operations, and make adjustments as needed. Inspect machinery to determine whether repairs are needed. Record information about work completed and machine settings. Confer with co-workers to obtain information about orders, processes, or problems.
License: License not required.
Outlook: poor
Alabama Employment Outlook
Alabama Wage Data
Hourly Wage   Annual Wage
Entry $9.82   Entry $20,432.00
Mean $13.56   Mean $28,219.00
Experience $15.44 Experience $32,107.00

The data is based on the May 2017 Occupation Employment Survey employment and wage estimate file. The wages have been aged using the most current ECI factors reflecting wages as of June 2018.

Alabama Projections
Estimated Employment 2016Projected Employment 2026Annual Average OpeningsAnnual Growth Rate
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51-6063.00 Textile Knitting and Weaving Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders