What does a Textile Cutting Machine Setter, Operator, and Tender do?
Set up, operate, or tend machines that cut textiles.
- Place patterns on top of layers of fabric and cut fabric following patterns, using electric or manual knives, cutters, or computer numerically controlled cutting devices.
- Notify supervisors of mechanical malfunctions.
- Repair or replace worn or defective parts or components, using hand tools.
- Adjust cutting techniques to types of fabrics and styles of garments.
- Inspect machinery to determine whether repairs are needed.
- Adjust machine controls, such as heating mechanisms, tensions, or speeds, to produce specified products.
- Inspect products to ensure that specifications are met and to determine whether machines require adjustment.
- Confer with coworkers to obtain information about orders, processes, or problems.
- Start machines, monitor operations, and make adjustments as needed.
- Clean, oil, and lubricate machines, using air hoses, cleaning solutions, rags, oilcans, and grease guns.
- Record information about work completed and machine settings.
- Operate machines to cut multiple layers of fabric into parts for articles such as canvas goods, house furnishings, garments, hats, or stuffed toys.
- Study guides, samples, charts, and specification sheets or confer with supervisors or engineering staff to determine set-up requirements.
- Operate machines for test runs to verify adjustments and to obtain product samples.
- Stop machines when specified amounts of product have been produced.
- Install, level, and align components, such as gears, chains, guides, dies, cutters, or needles, to set up machinery for operation.
- Program electronic equipment.
- Thread yarn, thread, or fabric through guides, needles, and rollers of machines.