Textile Machine Operators

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Textile Machine Operators

Textile Machine Operators - Working Conditions

In a typical work setting, textile machine operators:

Interpersonal Relationships

  • Have a low level of social contact. They talk to supervisors in person to get information, but work mainly with machines.
  • Are responsible for the health and safety of those working near them.
  • Are somewhat responsible for the work done by other operators.
  • May work as part of a team.

Physical Work Conditions

  • Always work indoors.
  • Are regularly exposed to sounds and noise levels that are distracting or uncomfortable.
  • Daily wear protective glasses or masks and ear plugs. Extruding machine operators may wear protective shoes and clothing when working with certain chemicals.
  • Are often exposed to contaminants. This is more likely for bleaching and dyeing machine operators.
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  • Are sometimes exposed to hazardous equipment.
  • Are sometimes exposed to hazardous situations that could produce cuts or minor burns.
  • Work physically near others.

Work Performance

  • Must be sure that all details are done and their work is exact. Errors could cost the company money because of lost time and materials.
  • Must allow the work pace to be set by the speed of the machinery.
  • Repeat the same physical activities.
  • Sometimes can set their daily tasks and goals without seeking input from a supervisor first.


  • May work night and weekend shifts. Many textile and fiber mills operate 24 hours a day.
  • Usually work 40 hours a week.
Source: Illinois Career Information System (CIS) brought to you by Illinois Department of Employment Security.