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7117 Textile and Footwear Production Machine Operators

ANZSCO - Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations
Reference period
2021

Textile and Footwear Production Machine Operators operate machines to process raw hides and skins, raw textile fibres, and dye, weave and knit fibres for use in textile and footwear production.

Indicative Skill Level:

Most occupations in this unit group have a level of skill commensurate with the qualifications and experience outlined below.

In Australia:

  • AQF Certificate II or III, or at least one year of relevant experience (ANZSCO Skill Level 4)

In New Zealand:

  • NZQF Level 4 qualification, or at least three years of relevant experience (ANZSCO Skill Level 3)

In some instances relevant experience and/or on-the-job training may be required in addition to the formal qualification.

Tasks Include:

  • preparing machines for operation by selecting and installing attachments and components for specialised functions
  • setting and operating controls used to regulate processing operations
  • starting machines and monitoring operation to detect faults and ensure effectiveness of operation
  • loading drums with hides and skins, textiles, and dyeing and tanning solutions
  • cutting and machining leather and synthetic shoe uppers, and making shoes using moulded and cement construction techniques
  • threading loom shuttles with cross-yarn arms
  • positioning and feeding machines with fibre packages
  • repairing broken yarns by tying and splicing ends
  • examining finished products for defects and variations, reporting faults in machines, and carrying out quality control procedures

Occupations:

  • 711711 Footwear Production Machine Operator
  • 711712 Hide and Skin Processing Machine Operator
  • 711713 Knitting Machine Operator
  • 711714 Textile Dyeing and Finishing Machine Operator
  • 711715 Weaving Machine Operator
  • 711716 Yarn Carding and Spinning Machine Operator
  • 711799 Textile and Footwear Production Machine Operators nec

711711 Footwear Production Machine Operator

Operates machines to manufacture ready-to-wear footwear.

Skill Level:

  • 4 Australia
  • 3 New Zealand

Specialisations:

  • Shoemaking Cutter
  • Shoemaking Finisher

711712 Hide and Skin Processing Machine Operator

Alternative Title:

  • Leather Production Machine Operator

Operates machines to convert raw hides and skins into finished leather for use in clothing, footwear and upholstery.

Skill Level:

  • 4 Australia
  • 3 New Zealand

Specialisations:

  • Fellmongering Machine Operator
  • Hide and Skin Fleshing Machine Operator
  • Sammying Machine Operator
  • Tanner

711713 Knitting Machine Operator

Alternative Title:

  • Textile Knitter

Operates machines to knit fabrics, garment parts and other articles from yarns such as cotton, wool, nylon and rayon.

Skill Level:

  • 4 Australia
  • 3 New Zealand

Specialisations:

  • Flat Bed Knitter
  • Warp Knitter

711714 Textile Dyeing and Finishing Machine Operator

Operates machines to bleach, dye and finish knitted garments such as hosiery and woollen garments.

Skill Level:

  • 4 Australia
  • 3 New Zealand

Specialisations:

  • Textile Dyer
  • Textile Finisher

711715 Weaving Machine Operator

Alternative Title:

  • Loom Operator

Operates looms to weave yarn into cloth, carpet and other fabrics.

Skill Level:

  • 4 Australia
  • 3 New Zealand

Specialisations:

  • Beamer
  • Carpet Weaver

711716 Yarn Carding and Spinning Machine Operator

Operates machines to convert raw textile fibres into continuous untwisted and twisted strands of yarn for use in clothing, carpets, curtains and other fabrics.

Skill Level:

  • 4 Australia
  • 3 New Zealand

Specialisations:

  • Cotton Ginner
  • Gill Box Operator
  • Yarn Comber
  • Yarn Texture Machine Operator

711799 Textile and Footwear Production Machine Operators nec

This occupation group covers Textile and Footwear Production Machine Operators not elsewhere classified.

Skill Level:

  • 4 Australia
  • 3 New Zealand

Occupations in this group include:

  • Feltmaker
  • Net Maker
  • Rope Making Machine Operator
  • Tufting Machine Operator