Textile machinery technicians maintain, service and repair machinery used in textiles manufacturing.
Salary range: £18,000 to £30,000
How to become a textile machinery technician
You can get into this job through:
- a college course
- an apprenticeship
- working towards this role
You can take a college course, which may help you to get a trainee technician job. Courses include:
- Level 2 Certificate in Mechanical Engineering
- Level 2 Certificate in Electrical and Electronic Engineering Technology
- Level 3 Diploma in Equipment Maintenance Engineering
- Level 3 Diploma in Engineering
You may need:
- 2 or more GCSEs at grades 9 to 3 (A* to D), or equivalent, for a level 2 course
- 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, for a level 3 course
You could do a textile manufacturing intermediate apprenticeship or engineering technician advanced apprenticeship.
You’ll usually need:
- some GCSEs, usually including English and maths, or equivalent, for an intermediate apprenticeship
- 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English and maths, for an advanced apprenticeship
You could start as a trainee maintenance technician and learn while you work. You’ll usually need GCSEs in maths, English, and design and technology, or equivalent qualifications.
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What it takes
Skills and knowledge
- practical skills for repairing and maintaining equipment
- problem-solving skills
- to be thorough and pay attention to detail
- knowledge of engineering science and technology
- the ability to work well with others
- persistence and determination
- the ability to work well with your hands
- knowledge of manufacturing production and processes
- to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device
What you’ll do
Your day-to-day duties may include:
- preparing and setting up equipment for textile workers
- responding to breakdowns during a production run
- identifying and fixing faults on site
- reassembling and testing machinery to make sure it’s safe to go back into production
- planning and carrying out maintenance
- reporting progress and problems to shift managers
You could work in a factory.
Your working environment may be noisy.
You may need to wear safety clothing and use safety equipment.
Career path and progression
You could become a shift supervisor or move into production management.
You might also specialise in quality control or research and development.