Textile Technicians

Careers Information

Typical day

Typically, an 8-hour day which can involve shift work. Tasks can include working in any one or more sub processes that make up the overall yarn making or carpet tufting processes such as,

For yarn making: washing/blending, carding, spinning, twisting, finishing and checking product quality 

For carpet tufting: setting up yard and monitoring the various tufting related processes, backing, finishing and checking product quality

For knitting: working at a PC to convert a design to a machine knittable file, setting up machine to read a design, monitoring and adjustment of the machine during production to assure quality.

Does this sound like you?

Study areas

• Sciences or Workshop Technology


• Confident communicator

• Good at precision work

• Good literacy and numeracy

• Good initiative/’can do’ attitude

Helpful experience

• 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

0 - 2 years experience

$20k - $35k

Career Pathway

School   Entry level jobs Advancing jobs

NCEA Level 2 Maths and English are useful

Practical subjects such as Textiles Technology or Workshop Skills are useful

– Textile Specific Programme

Yarn Maker

Carpet Maker or Tufter


Machine Setter

Carding Technician

Tufter Tuner

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.