Tufting Machine Operator

Summary: 
Sets up and operates the Tufting Machine by performing the essential functions of the job safely and efficiently
Essential Functions: 
  • Check all safety protection devices before operating machine
  • Obtain specification sheet from computer to set up the following items: Yarn on creel to match specification sheet, pile height, stitch rate and primary backing in correct width
  • Load proper pattern on computer from order posted on machine
  • Replace defective items on machine
  • Load and sew on backing as needed
  • Thread up any yarn breakage or hung up yarn as needed
  • Responsible for keeping yarn straight through yarn guides and detectors
  • Responsible for keeping yarn in the proper finger, wrapping rubber rollers, changing finger or plungers when needed
  • Responsible for keeping backing tension devices on their proper setting
  • Responsible for keeping all picker rollers clean
  • Performing weight checks and giving to lead person for approval
  • Daily cleaning of machine
  • Assisting other tufting personnel as needed
Education and/or Experience: 
  • Ability to read and interpret safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions and procedure manuals
  • Ability to write routine reports and correspondence
  • High School Diploma or GED required
  • Fundamental math skills required
Licenses/Certificates: 
None required
Physical Demands: 
  • Must be able to stand, walk, reach with arms/hands, climb or balance, stoop, crouch and bend
  • Must occasionally lift and/or move up to 75 pounds
  • Must be able to push/pull buggies in upwards of 2500 lbs (requires additional person)
  • Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision and ability to adjust focus