Tufting Machine Operator

Operate machines to tuft designs on articles.
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Salary Range
$18,000 – $49,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Tufting Machine Operators do?

Operates machine to tuft designs on articles, such as rugs and bedspreads: Places yarn packages on spindles and draws ends through machine guides, tensions, and needle eyes. Depresses pedal to activate tufting mechanism and guides material under tufting needles, following design specifications. Observes tufting to detect defects, such as broken yarn and needles. Rethreads machine or replaces damaged needles. Rethreads machine needle with specified color of yarn to tuft multicolor design. Workers who tend machines that tuft continuous lengths of cloth are classified under TUFTING-MACHINE OPERATOR.

Should I be a Tufting Machine Operator?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.
  • Levelheaded: You hold your emotions in check, even in tough situations.
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.

  • Also known as: Button-Tufting-Machine Operator, Horizontal-Stick-Turning-Machine Operator, Turning Machine Operator See More

    How to become a Tufting Machine Operator

    Tufting Machine Operators generally graduate from high school and get on-the-job training. Think about earning a Certificate or Associate’s degree to increase your chances of finding a good job. Check out these schools offering Tufting Machine Operator-related education!
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