Pattern Wheel Maker

Install needle jacks in pattern wheels that control operation of needles.
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Salary Range
$18,000 – $36,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Pattern Wheel Makers do?

Installs needle jacks in pattern wheels that control operation of needles in circular knitting machines, following pattern chart. Removes top of pattern wheel and inserts jacks in notches of wheel. May paint mark on top of pattern wheels to indicate where pattern begins. May punch out grooves in metal blades and install blades or metal pins in pattern drums and be designated Pattern-Drum Maker.


Should I be a Pattern Wheel Maker?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Trustworthy: You are known for your personal integrity and honesty.
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.

  • Also known as: Pattern-and-Chain Maker, Pattern-Drum Maker, Patternmaker Helper, Pattern Puncher, Tag Maker, Wheelbarrow Pusher

    How to become a Pattern Wheel Maker

    Most Pattern Wheel Makers 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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