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Textile Winding, Twisting, and Drawing Out Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders

Set up, operate, or tend machines that wind or twist textiles; or draw out and combine sliver, such as wool, hemp, or synthetic fibers. Includes slubber machine and drawing frame operators.

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    Work Activities

    Work Activities

    • Observe bobbins as they are winding and cut threads to remove loaded bobbins, using knives.
    • Notify supervisors or mechanics of equipment malfunctions.
    • Unwind lengths of yarn, thread, or twine from spools and wind onto bobbins.
    • Thread yarn, thread, or fabric through guides, needles, and rollers of machines.
    • Start machines, monitor operation, and make adjustments as needed.
    • Inspect machinery to determine whether repairs are needed.
    • Record production data such as numbers and types of bobbins wound.
    • Replace depleted supply packages with full packages.
    • Stop machines when specified amount of products has been produced.
    • Adjust machine settings such as speed or tension to produce products that meet specifications.
    • Inspect products to verify that they meet specifications and to determine whether machine adjustment is needed.
    • Tend machines that twist together two or more strands of yarn or insert additional twists into single strands of yarn to increase strength, smoothness, or uniformity of yarn.
    • Study guides, samples, charts, and specification sheets, or confer with supervisors or engineering staff to determine setup requirements.
    • Tend spinning frames that draw out and twist roving or sliver into yarn.
    • Remove spindles from machines and bobbins from spindles.
    • Observe operations to detect defects, malfunctions, or supply shortages.
    • Install, level, and align machine components such as gears, chains, guides, dies, cutters, or needles to set up machinery for operation.
    • Place bobbins on spindles and insert spindles into bobbin-winding machines.
    • Tend machines with multiple winding units that wind thread onto shuttle bobbins for use on sewing machines or other kinds of bobbins for sole-stitching, knitting, or weaving machinery.
    • Repair or replace worn or defective parts or components, using hand tools.
    • Operate machines for test runs to verify adjustments and to obtain product samples.
    • Measure bobbins periodically, using gauges, and turn screws to adjust tension if bobbins are not of specified size.
    • Clean, oil, and lubricate machines, using air hoses, cleaning solutions, rags, oilcans, and grease guns.
    • Tend machines that wind wire onto bobbins, preparatory to formation of wire netting used in reinforcing sheet glass.

    Skills

    • Operations Monitoring

      Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.

    • Operation and Control

      Controlling operations of equipment or systems.

    • Quality Control Analysis

      Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.

    WorkKeys®

    Applied Math
    4
    Workplace Documents
    4
    Graphic Literacy
    4

    Abilities

    • Arm-Hand Steadiness

      The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.

    • Control Precision

      The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.

    • Finger Dexterity

      The ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects.

    Knowledge

    • Production and Processing

      Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.

    • Administration and Management

      Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.

    • Mechanical

      Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.

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    Pay

    • Ohio Annual Salary 38590/yr
    • Typical Salary
    • Ohio Hourly Wage 18.56/hr
    • Typical Hourly Wage

    Ohio Employment Trends

    • Currently Employed Not Available
    • Yearly Projected Openings Not Available

    Typical Education

    Personality

    Realistic: People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions.They do well at jobs that need:
    • Independence
    • Dependability
    • Integrity
    • Attention to Detail
    • Self Control
    • Stress Tolerance

    Tools

    • Winding or reeling or spooling machines
    • Dating or numbering machines
    • Carding machine
    • Air compressors
    • Adjustable wrenches

    Technology

    • Word processing software
    • Spreadsheet software
    • Office suite software
    • Electronic mail software
    • Computer aided manufacturing CAM software

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