Textile Cutting Machine Worker

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High school preferred +

What They Do

Textile Cutting Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders Career Video

Sets up, operates, or tends machines that cut textiles.

This career is part of the Manufacturing cluster Production pathway.

A person in this career:

  • Places patterns on top of layers of fabric and cuts fabric following patterns, using electric or manual knives, cutters, or computer numerically controlled cutting devices.
  • Notifies supervisors of mechanical malfunctions.
  • Repairs or replaces worn or defective parts or components, using hand tools.
  • Adjusts cutting techniques to types of fabrics and styles of garments.
  • Inspects machinery to determine whether repairs are needed.
  • Adjusts machine controls, such as heating mechanisms, tensions, or speeds, to produce specified products.
  • Inspects products to ensure that specifications are met and to determine whether machines require adjustment.
  • Confers with coworkers to obtain information about orders, processes, or problems.
  • Starts machines, monitors operations, and makes adjustments as needed.
  • Cleans, oils, and lubricates machines, using air hoses, cleaning solutions, rags, oilcans, and grease guns.

Working Conditions and Physical Demands

People who do this job report that:

  • You would often handle loads up to 10 lbs., sometimes up to 20 lbs. You might do a lot of walking or standing, or you might sit but use your arms and legs to control machines, equipment or tools.
  • Work in this occupation involves bending or twisting your body more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves using your hands to hold, control, and feel objects more than one-third 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

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
  • Judging how far away an object is, or which of several objects is closer or farther away
  • Detecting sounds and hearing the differences between sounds of different pitch and loudness
  • Seeing clearly up close
  • Speaking clearly enough to be able to be understood by others
  • Identifying and understanding the speech of another person
  • 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:

  • CNC Cutting Operator (Computer Numerical Control Cutting Operator)
  • Cutter
  • Cutter Operator
  • Die Cut Operator
  • Fabric Cutter
  • Laser Operator
  • Spread Cutter
  • Spreader
  • Automated Cutting Machine Operator
  • Textile Slitting Machine Operator