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Textile Fibre and Yarn Preparation Machine Operators (9441)

Textile fibre and yarn preparation machine operators operate machines to prepare textile fibres or to spin, wind or twist yarn or thread. They are employed by textile companies.

Reading Help - Reading
  • Read shift logs to learn of any problems on the last shift. (1)
  • Read recipes which record changes in thread and colour. (1)
  • Read notes and memos from supervisors concerning production. These notes and memos are posted on the bulletin board. (2)
  • Read special operating instructions and production procedures. (2)
  • Read equipment calibration instructions. (2)
  • Read product specifications for various types of materials. (2)
Document use Help - Document use
  • Read product labels and safety signs. (1)
  • Read labels on completed cones and on bobbins. (1)
  • Read codes for shipping weights. (1)
  • Refer to pictures on packaging instructions as a guide for packing rolls of yarn. (2)
  • Refer to electronic readings on machines. (2)
  • Read production schedules to determine what type of bobbin to use, what type of thread or strand to use, what procedure to use and what quantity to produce. (2)
  • Record production information on a form. This includes identifying the product being run, the time the run began and ended, the batch number, the number of machines in operation and downtime. (2)
  • Complete production information forms. (2)
  • Read computer-generated graphs showing data on projects. (3)
  • Read assembly drawings from the engineering department. (3)
  • Graph monthly production yields. (3)
Writing Help - Writing
  • Complete forms or e-mail messages to provide production information. (1)
  • Write notes on stickers to make technicians aware of problems with machines. (1)
  • Write production details in a log notebook. (1)
  • Write reports to document production incidents, such as broken strands. (2)
  • Write memos to the engineering department about production issues. (2)
Numeracy Help - Numeracy Measurement and Calculation Math
  • Weigh the lots of fibre placed in carding machines and weigh bundles of wool. (1)
  • Calculate yarn shrinkage and breaking strength, using computer-generated data. (2)
Data Analysis Math
  • Compare the weight of the measured yarn with a chart showing optimal weights in order to determine how much to adjust the carding machine. (1)
Numerical Estimation
  • Estimate the weight of various loads of fibres which are to be mixed. (1)
  • Estimate the amount of time it will take to complete a large order. (2)
Oral communication Help - Oral communication
  • Receive instructions from supervisors on colour changes which should be made. (1)
  • Interact with co-workers to discuss production issues. (2)
  • Explain details of machine breakdowns to mechanics. (2)
  • Attend meetings with shift crew to discuss assignments and product quality. (2)
Thinking Help - Thinking Problem Solving
  • May have a small amount of thread breakage as materials go through machine processes. They knot broken threads with other threads to reduce wastage. (1)
  • May find a whole cone of poor quality thread. They reject the cone to decrease production stoppages. (1)
  • May experience a machine jam. They stop the machine and unroll the thread from the bobbin in order to clear the jam. (1)
  • May have yarns which are stretching. They search for the cause of the problem, either in the quality of the material or in the machine production process. (2)
  • May find that bobbins have been set incorrectly. They may have to run an operation manually until adjustments have been made in the gears. (2)
Decision Making
  • Decide when to stop running the machines. They sometimes stop the machines if so much material has been run that all the containers are full. (1)
  • Decide when to adjust the tension of threads. (2)
  • Decide whether to use cones of poor quality thread. (2)
  • Decide whether to reject a fibre when there are traces of colour in a lot which is supposed to be pure white. (2)
  • Decide to stop machines if the weight of the thread is too variable and if machine adjustments do not solve the problem. (2)
Critical Thinking

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Job Task Planning and Organizing

Tasks are repetitive and follow a schedule established by supervisors. Textile fibre and yarn preparation machine operators prioritize their own tasks for each shift. Planning is short range, focussing on the needs of the next minutes rather than hours. Disruptions to the work processes may occur owing to breakage of fibres or machine malfunctions. The disruptions are generally of short duration and require minimal re-prioritization of tasks. (1)

Significant Use of Memory
  • Remember for a short time changes in colour which have been requested by supervisors.
  • Remember past orders which required different procedures from normal in order to respond to similar rare orders.
  • Memorize computer settings and codes.
Finding Information
  • Refer to log entries from workers on the previous shift to clarify production needs. (1)
  • Consult tables in resource books to locate colour codes and names of colours. (1)
  • Seek scheduling information from supervisors. (1)
  • Seek historical data, such as the production location of specific bobbins, by calling suppliers or consulting trade magazines. (2)
Digital technology Help - Digital technology
  • Respond to on-screen messages when using computer numeric controlled or robotic machinery. (1)
  • They may type simple production reports. (2)
  • They may enter production information in a database. (2)
  • They may communicate with co-workers and supervisors by e-mail. (2)
Additional information Help - Additional information Other Essential Skills:

Working with Others

Textile fibre and yarn preparation machine operators generally work independently. They sometimes work with a partner to perform functions such as cleaning or to operate two machines for which a co-ordinated approach is required. They form part of a larger production team and may attend regular meetings with other operators and supervisors who are part of the team.

Continuous Learning

Textile fibre and yarn preparation machine operators learn about new products and procedural changes on the job. They may take on-site training to learn how to document production work procedures as required by the ISO 9002 standard.

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