Textile Winding Machine Worker

What They Do

Textile Winding, Twisting, and Drawing Out Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders Career Video

Sets up, operates, or tends machines that wind or twist textiles; or draws out and combines sliver, such as wool, hemp, or synthetic fibers. Includes slubber machine and drawing frame operators.

This career is part of the Manufacturing cluster Production pathway.

A person in this career:

  • Notifies supervisors or mechanics of equipment malfunctions.
  • Threads yarn, thread, or fabric through guides, needles, and rollers of machines.
  • Starts machines, monitors operation, and makes adjustments as needed.
  • Inspects machinery to determine whether repairs are needed.
  • Records production data such as numbers and types of bobbins wound.
  • Replaces depleted supply packages with full packages.
  • Stops machines when specified amount of products has been produced.
  • Inspects products to verify that they meet specifications and to determine whether machine adjustment is needed.
  • Tends machines that twist together two or more strands of yarn or inserts additional twists into single strands of yarn to increase strength, smoothness, or uniformity of yarn.
  • Observes operations to detect defects, malfunctions, or supply shortages.

Working Conditions and Physical Demands

People who do this job report that:

  • You would often handle loads up to 20 lbs., sometimes up to 50 lbs. You might do a lot of lifting, carrying, pushing or pulling.
  • Work in this occupation involves bending or twisting your body more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves use of protective items such as safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hearing protection, a hard hat, or personal flotation devices
  • Exposure to pollutants, gases, dust, fumes, odors, poor ventilation, etc.
  • Lighting is either extremely bright or inadequate
  • Work in this occupation involves using your hands to hold, control, and feel objects more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation requires being inside most of the time
  • Sound and noise levels are loud and distracting
  • Work in this occupation involves making repetitive motions more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves standing more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves walking or running more than one-third of the time

Working in this career involves (physical activities):

  • Picking out a particular sound in the presence of other sounds
  • Identifying color and seeing differences in color, including shades and brightness
  • Bending, stretching, twisting, or reaching
  • Seeing clearly at a distance
  • Seeing clearly up close
  • Speaking clearly enough to be able to be understood by others
  • Lifting, pushing, pulling, or carrying objects
  • Using abdominal and lower back muscles repeatedly or over time without tiring

Work Hours and Travel

  • Rotating shift work

Specialty and Similar Careers

Careers that are more detailed or close to this career:

  • Back Winder
  • Computer Integrated Manufacturing Operator (CIM Operator)
  • Drawing Operator
  • Spinner
  • Twister Operator
  • Winder Operator
  • Winder Tender
  • Spinning Operator
  • Cable Operator
  • Line Operator