Textile Machine Setter

Careers Information

What do they do?

Textile machine setters have advanced skills in technical textile machine setting and maintenance skills and are able to commission, decommission, modify and optimise machines.

Typical day

Typically, an 8-hour day which can involve shift work. Tasks include setting up, calibrating, diagnosing and repairing textile manufacturing equipment and communicating technical information to operators.

Does this sound like you?

Study areas

• Sciences or Workshop Techchnology


• Confident communicator

• Good at precision work

• Confident with IT, computers, technology

• Good at problem solving/creative

Helpful experience

• Planning and organisation

• Analysing, researching or problem solving

• Making or fixing things

• Working with machinery

Preferred work environments

• Inside (workshop or plant)

How much could I earn?

Icn Money

1 - 2 years experience

$55k - $65k

Icn Money

5 years experience

$65k - $80k

Career Pathway

School   Advancing jobs Senior jobs

NCEA Level 2 Maths and English are useful

Practical subjects such as Textiles Technology or Workshop Skills are useful

– Textile Specific Programme

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Tufter Tuner

Textile Machinery Engineer

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Senior Tufter Tuner

Senior Textiles Engineer

Team Leader


Unit/Achievement standards in schools Gateway programme Traineeship Higher learning

What do we offer?

  • We partner with industry associations like the Textile Care Federation and members of your industry to help build skilled employees. This support includes promoting careers in your industry, identifying potential learners, and encouraging work placements.
  • We also ensure your industry’s qualifications continue to meet needs, support industry events like conferences and regularly celebrate your learners’ success.
  • When apprentices enrol, we assign them a Competenz account manager. Our account managers understand the industry and the skills learners and businesses need.