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ISCO 08 Code 8152      Weaving and knitting machine operators

Lead Statement
Weaving and knitting machine operators set up, operate and monitor weaving and knitting machines which process yarn or thread into woven, non-woven and knitted products such as cloth, lace, carpets, rope, industrial fabric, hosiery and knitted garments or to quilt and embroider fabric.

Task statement
Tasks include:

  • setting up and operating battery of automatic, link-type knitting machines to knit garments of specified pattern and design;
  • threading yarn, thread, and fabric through guides, needles, and rollers of machines for weaving, knitting, or other processing;
  • tending automatic looms that simultaneously weave pile yarn, filling yarn, and warp yarn material to produce carpets and rugs with various coloured designs;
  • operating and monitoring loom on which yarn or twist is intersected and knotted at regular intervals to form mesh;
  • operating and monitoring large automatic multi-needle machines to embroider material or to sew lengths of several layers of material to make yard goods, quilts or mattress coverings;
  • tending circular knitting machines with automatic pattern controls that knit seamless hose;
  • operating and monitoring knitting machines to knit hosiery to shape of foot and leg
  • operating and monitoring machine for knitting heel and toes of socks into ribs or tops cut from circular fabric;
  • operating and monitoring machine which seams openings in toes of socks;
  • operating and monitoring crocheter machine to knit lace, trimming etc. of desired pattern or design;
  • examining looms to determine causes of loom stoppage, such as warp filling, harness breaks, or mechanical defects;
  • repairing or replacing worn or defective needles and other components;
  • cleaning, oiling, and lubricating machines, using air hoses, cleaning solutions, rags, oil cans, and/or grease guns.

Included occupations
Examples of the occupations classified here:

  • Machine-operator, knitting
  • Machine-operator, net production
  • Machine-operator, weaving
  • Machine-operator, weaving/carpets

Excluded occupations
Some related occupations classified elsewhere:

  • Knitter - 7318
  • Weaver, carpet - 7318
  • Weaver, cloth - 7318

(NCvB; Mei 2010)