Trades & Services

Textile Mechanic

Textile mechanics maintain the machinery used in the creation of fabrics, clothing and footwear.

  • Entry-level education

    Apprenticeship or traineeship

  • Job outlook

    1 2 3 4 5

What does a Textile Mechanic do?

Textile mechanics maintain the machinery used in the creation of fabrics, clothing and footwear.


Work activities

As a textile mechanic, you would:

  • set up, adjust and re-calibrate machines
  • test and trial machines to ensure they are running properly
  • diagnose and fix processing faults on textile equipment
  • replace faulty parts
  • inspect finished textiles for flaws and quality control
  • program new processes into textile manufacturing control systems.

Key skills and interests

To become a textile mechanic, you would need:

  • to enjoy practical and manual activities
  • problem-solving abilities
  • mechanical aptitude
  • accuracy and good hand-eye coordination
  • communication and teamwork skills.

Working hours and conditions

Working Hours

As a textile mechanic you would work a standard number of hours per week, which may be on a shift basis.


You would be based in a manufacturing plant. You would be required to wear protective clothing such as overalls, ear muffs and goggles. The factory floor would be noisy, and may also be dusty.


How to become an Textile Mechanic?

Entry Level Education

To become a textile mechanic you usually have to complete an apprenticeship or traineeship in Engineering, Engineering - Mechanical Trade or Engineering - TCF Mechanic. Generally, employers require a junior secondary school certificate or equivalent.


Job outlook

  • 1 2 3 4 5

Job opportunities for textile mechanics have been declining, and are expected to continue to decline.

Many Australian textile manufacturing and apparel companies have moved their manufacturing offshore, and so there are fewer opportunities available locally. Opportunities may still be available in specialist textile or apparel manufacturers.


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