While our textile industry is small, New Zealand is recognised as a leader in several areas. We’re the world’s largest producer and exporter of cross-bred wool and produce the world’s finest merino wool.

Textile Technicians

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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 Attributes Helpful experience

Preferred work environments

  • Sciences or Workshop Technology
  • Confident communicator
  • Good at precision work
  • Good literacy and numeracy
  • Good initiative/’can do’ attitude
  • Analysing, researching or problem solving
  • Making or fixing things
  • Working with machinery
  • Inside (workshop or plant)

How much could I earn?

  • 0 - 2 years experience

    $20k- $35k

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
  • Manufacturing – Textile Specific Programme
  • Yarn Maker
  • Carpet Maker or Tufter
  • Knitter
  • Machine Setter
  • Carding Technician
  • Tufter Tuner
  • Team Leader
  • Manager
  • 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