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Textile Knitting and Weaving Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders - 51-6063.00

O*NET-SOC Description

Set up, operate, or tend machines that knit, loop, weave, or draw in textiles.

Sample of Reported Job Titles

  • Knitter
  • Knitting Machine Operator
  • Loom Fixer
  • Machine Operator
  • Operator
  • Tufting Machine Operator
  • Tufting Operator
  • Warp Knit Operator
  • Weaver
  • Winder Operator

SOC Occupation Groups

51-0000 Production Occupations
51-6000 Textile, Apparel, and Furnishings Workers
51-6060 Textile Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders
51-6063.00 Textile Knitting and Weaving Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders

Related Occupations


  • Adjust machine heating mechanisms, tensions, and speeds to produce specified products.
  • Clean, oil, and lubricate machines, using air hoses, cleaning solutions, rags, oil cans, or grease guns.
  • Confer with co-workers to obtain information about orders, processes, or problems.
  • Examine looms to determine causes of loom stoppage, such as warp filling, harness breaks, or mechanical defects.
  • Inspect machinery to determine whether repairs are needed.
  • Inspect products to ensure that specifications are met and to determine if machines need adjustment.
  • Install, level, and align machine components such as gears, chains, guides, dies, cutters, or needles to set up machinery for operation.
  • Notify supervisors or repair staff of mechanical malfunctions.
  • Observe woven cloth to detect weaving defects.
  • Operate machines for test runs to verify adjustments and to obtain product samples.
  • Program electronic equipment.
  • Record information about work completed and machine settings.
  • Remove defects in cloth by cutting and pulling out filling.
  • Repair or replace worn or defective needles and other components, using hand tools.
  • Set up, or set up and operate textile machines that perform textile processing and manufacturing operations such as winding, twisting, knitting, weaving, bonding, or stretching.
  • Start machines, monitor operations, and make adjustments as needed.
  • Stop machines when specified amounts of product have been produced.
  • Study guides, loom patterns, samples, charts, or specification sheets, or confer with supervisors or engineering staff to determine setup requirements.
  • Thread yarn, thread, and fabric through guides, needles, and rollers of machines for weaving, knitting, or other processing.
  • Wash and blend wool, yarn, or cloth.

Detailed Work Activities

  • Clean materials to prepare them for production.
  • Clean production equipment.
  • Conduct test runs of production equipment.
  • Cut fabrics.
  • Exchange information with colleagues.
  • Feed materials or products into or through equipment.
  • Inspect production equipment.
  • Inspect textile products.
  • Install mechanical components in production equipment.
  • Lubricate production equipment.
  • Mount attachments or tools onto production equipment.
  • Notify others of equipment repair or maintenance needs.
  • Operate textile cutting or production equipment.
  • Program equipment to perform production tasks.
  • Record operational or production data.
  • Repair production equipment or tools.
  • Replace worn equipment components.
  • Set equipment controls to meet cutting specifications.
  • Study blueprints or other instructions to determine equipment setup requirements.

Military Crosswalk Titles

  • Machinist (Marine Corps - Enlisted)

Apprenticeship Crosswalk Titles

  • Jacquard-Loom Weaver
  • Jacquard-Plate Maker
  • Knitter Mechanic
  • Knitting Machine Fixer
  • Loom Fixer
  • Wire Weaver, Cloth

DOT Crosswalk Titles

  • Automatic-Pad-Making-Machine Operator
  • Carpet Weaver
  • Carpet Weaver, Jacquard Loom
  • Carpet-Loom Fixer
  • Chain Builder, Loom Control
  • Crochet-Machine Operator
  • Drawing-in-Machine Tender
  • Emblem Drawer-in
  • Harness Placer
  • Heddles Tier, Jacquard Loom
  • Jacquard-Loom Weaver
  • Jacquard-Plate Maker
  • Knitter Mechanic
  • Knitter, Full-Fashioned Garment
  • Knitting-Machine Fixer
  • Knitting-Machine Operator
  • Knitting-Machine Operator, Full-Fashioned Hosiery, Automatic
  • Levers-Lace Machine Operator
  • Link-and-Link-Knitting-Machine Operator
  • Loom Changer
  • Loom Fixer
  • Needle-Felt-Making-Machine Operator
  • Needle-Loom Operator
  • Needle-Loom Setter
  • Pattern Wheel Maker
  • Plush Weaver
  • Quilter Fixer
  • Seamless-Hosiery Knitter
  • Surgical-Elastic Knitter, Hand Frame
  • Threader
  • Threading-Machine Tender
  • Warp-Knitting-Machine Operator
  • Weaver
  • Weaver Apprentice
  • Weaver, Axminster
  • Weaver, Narrow Fabrics
  • Weaver, Needle Loom
  • Weaver, Tire Cord
  • Wire Weaver, Cloth