NOC 9442 – Weavers, knitters and other fabric making occupations


  • automatic embroidery machine tender
  • automatic stocking loom tender
  • Axminster carpet weaver
  • ball fringe machine tender
  • band-knitting machine operator
  • beam changer – textiles
  • blanket weaver
  • braid maker – textiles
  • braid weaver – textiles
  • braider – textiles
  • braiding machine tender – textiles
  • card lacer – textiles
  • carpet weaver
  • carpet-tufting machine operator
  • carpet-weaving machine operator
  • chain builder – textiles
  • chainman/woman – textiles
  • circular knitter
  • circular knitting machine knitter
  • cloth ribber
  • cloth weaver
  • crochet machine operator
  • crocheting machine operator
  • dobby loom drawer-in
  • dobby loom weaver
  • drawer-in – textiles
  • drawer-in helper – textiles
  • drawing-in machine operator
  • drawing-in machine operator – textiles
  • drop-pinning machine operator – textiles
  • embroidery machine operator
  • embroidery machine tender
  • entering machine operator – textiles
  • felt press tender – textiles
  • felting machine tender
  • felt-making machine operator
  • flat knitter
  • flat knitting machine knitter
  • garment looper
  • glass-fibre-bonding machine tender
  • glove knitter
  • harness preparer – textiles
  • harness tier – textiles
  • hosiery knitter
  • hosiery looper – textiles
  • hosiery seamer – textiles
  • hosiery-knitting machine tender
  • jacquard card cutter – textiles
  • jacquard card lacer – textiles
  • jacquard card-cutting machine operator – textiles
  • jacquard card-lacing machine operator – textiles
  • jacquard loom heddles tier
  • jacquard loom knitter
  • jacquard loom pattern changer
  • jacquard loom weaver
  • jacquard machine knitter
  • jacquard machine operator
  • jersey knitter
  • knitter – textiles
  • knitting area patroller – textiles
  • knitting machine operator
  • knitting machine tender
  • knotting machine operator – textiles
  • lace weaver
  • lease worker – textiles
  • leaser – textiles
  • leasing machine tender – textiles
  • link machine knitter
  • loom drawer-in
  • loom drawer-in helper
  • loom operator
  • loom threader
  • loom threader helper
  • loom weaver
  • looper – textiles
  • machine ball fringe maker
  • machine knitting mender
  • machine loom drawer-in
  • machine loom threader
  • machine tassel maker
  • machine warp tier-in – textiles
  • mattress sewing machine operator
  • needle loom operator
  • needle loom weaver
  • net maker, machine – textiles
  • net weaver – textiles
  • net-knitting machine operator – textiles
  • netting-making machine operator – textiles
  • pad mangle operator – textiles
  • padding machine operator – textiles
  • pattern card preparer – textiles
  • pattern puncher – textiles
  • pattern weaver – textiles
  • pinning machine operator
  • pinning machine operator – textiles
  • power loom weaver
  • quilting machine operator
  • rib knitter – textiles
  • ribbing machine operator – textiles
  • rope maker – textiles
  • rope twister
  • rope-coiling machine tender – textiles
  • rope-twisting machine tender
  • rug weaver
  • sample knitter
  • sample weaver
  • scroll-quilting machine operator
  • seamless hosiery knitter
  • sock foot knitter
  • sock knitter – textiles
  • sock looper
  • surgical pad knitter
  • tassel machine tender – textiles
  • textile weaver
  • threader – textiles
  • top knitter
  • topper – textiles
  • transfer knitter
  • tufting machine operator – textiles
  • tufting operator
  • warp drawer – textiles
  • warp drawer-in helper – textiles
  • warp knitting machine tender
  • warp placer – textiles
  • warp tier-in
  • warp tier-in – textiles
  • warp tying machine tender – textiles
  • weaver – textiles

Job Duties

Operators in this unit group perform some or all of the following duties:

  • Set up looms or other processing machines
  • Read loom patterns and prepare loom pattern mechanisms for processing
  • Operate looms to weave yarn or thread into textile fabrics or products
  • Operate machines that produce twine, ropes or nets
  • Operate batteries of knitting machines to produce knitted fabric, hosiery, garments or other products
  • Operate carpet tufting machines, felt making needle-punch machines and other machines to produce textile products
  • Operate large automatic multi-needle machines to embroider material or to sew lengths of several layers of material to make yard goods, quilts or mattress coverings
  • Patrol machines and check fabrics or products for defects and to verify efficient operation
  • Investigate machine stoppages
  • Repair minor mechanical problems such as broken or defective needles
  • Notify supervisor or repairers of mechanical malfunctions.

Employment Requirements

  • On-the-job training is provided for periods up to several months, depending on the complexity of the product, whether equipment set-up and maintenance is done by the operator, and the number of machines operated.
  • Previous experience as a labourer in the same company may be required for some operators in this group.

Additional Information

  • Mobility among employers may be limited by differences in machines and products.
  • Progression to textile machinery mechanics and repairers or to supervisory positions is possible with experience and training.


  • Craft weavers and knitters (in 5244 Artisans and craftspersons)
  • Industrial sewing machine operators (9446)
  • Supervisors, textile, fabric, fur and leather products processing and manufacturing (9217)
  • Textile machinery mechanics (in 7311 Construction millwrights and industrial mechanics)

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