Knitting Machine Operator

Tend machines that knit fabrics, garment parts or other articles from yarn.
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Salary Range
$18,000 – $36,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Knitting Machine Operators do?

Tends one or more machines that knit fabrics, garment parts, or other articles from yarn: Creels machine and ties end of yarn to yarn in machine or threads yarn through guides, tension springs, stop-motion devices, and yarn carrier or needles, using hook. Starts machine and laps end of tubular or flat knitted goods around takeup roller. Observes knitting to detect yarn breaks, exhausted yarn packages, and knitting defects. Ties broken yarn ends, replaces exhausted yarn packages, and notifies KNITTING-MACHINE FIXER 689.260-026 of mechanical defects. Cuts knitted fabric, using scissors, and doffs roll of cloth from machine. May mark ticket to indicate number of holes in knitted goods. May replace defective needles, using needle pliers or wrench. May weigh roll of knitted goods and record weight. May oil machine. May be designated according to type of machine tended as Circular Knitter; Flat Knitter. May be designated according to type of fabric knitted as Jersey Knitter; Pile-Fabric Knitter; Rib-Cloth Knitter, or garment part as Collar Knitter; Cuff Knitter.


Should I be a Knitting Machine Operator?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Team Player: You're able to listen, communicate, and work with tons of different people.
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.

  • Also known as: Knitter Operator, Knitting-Machine Operator, Automatic, Knitting-Machine Operator, Seamless Hosiery See More

    How to Become a
    Knitting Machine Operator

    Most Knitting Machine Operators have no higher education and get on-the-job training. Think about earning a Certificate or Associate's degree to increase your competitiveness in the field. Chart?chd=s:9adaab&chl=no+college+%2893%25%29||associate%27s+%285%25%29|||doctorate+%282%25%29&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,93,93
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