Textile machinery technician

Textile machinery technicians maintain, service and repair machinery used in textiles manufacturing.

Average salary (a year)

£18,000 Starter

to

£30,000 Experienced

Typical hours (a week)

40 to 42 a week

You could work

between 8am and 6pm on shifts

How to become a textile machinery technician

You can get into this job through:

  • a college course
  • an apprenticeship
  • working towards this role

College

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

Entry requirements

You may need:

  • 2 or more GCSEs at grades 9 to 3 (A* to D) for a level 2 course
  • 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) for a level 3 course

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Apprenticeship

You could do a textile manufacturing intermediate apprenticeship or engineering technician advanced apprenticeship.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • some GCSEs, usually including English and maths, for an intermediate apprenticeship
  • 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), including English and maths, for an advanced apprenticeship

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Work

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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Further information

You can get more advice about engineering careers from Tomorrow's Engineers.

What it takes

Skills and knowledge

You'll need:

  • 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

Day-to-day tasks

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

Working environment

You could work in a factory.

Your working environment may be noisy.

You may need to wear safety clothing.

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.

Current opportunities

Apprenticeships In England

Apprentice Tool hire and Plant Mechanic

  • Wage : £174.00 - £328.40 Weekly
  • Location: Rochford SS4 1ND

CVP London - Mechatronics Engineer Apprenticeship - Level 3

  • Wage : £250.00 Weekly
  • Location: Brentford TW8 9EX

Courses In England

Part-time Level 2 Diploma in Engineering Technology (Fabrication & Welding)

  • Provider: WAKEFIELD COLLEGE
  • Start date: 01 September 2020
  • Location: Castleford

EAL Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Engineering Maintenance (Lift Servicing)

  • Provider: ELEVATED KNOWLEDGE LTD
  • Start date: 01 October 2019
  • Location: Hyde

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