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Embroidery Machine Operator


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Position Summary: The Embroidery Machine Operator operates commercial embroidery machines to embroider name, initials, or logo designs on garments, bags and accessories.

Essential Functions:

  • Performs simple maintenance and cleaning of machines
  • Places spools of thread, on spindles, insert bobbins, and thread ends through machine guides and components
  • Utilizes various frames according to product type
  • Scans UPC code on product tag for type and location of embroidery
  • Positions items under needles, using marks on machines, clamps, templates, or cloth as guides
  • Starts machines and observes sewing operation to detect defects in stitching etc.
  • Cuts excess material or thread from finished product

Education & Experience:

  • High School diploma or GED; & 6+ months related hooping and embroidery sewing experience or training

Skills & Abilities: 

  • Basic Personal Computer skills
  • Oral Comprehension - Listening to and understanding information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences
  • Language Skills - Ability to read & comprehend simple instructions, short correspondence & memos
  • Reasoning Ability - Applying common sense understanding to carry out detailed but uninvolved written or oral instructions. Ability to deal with problems involving a few concrete variables in standardized situations.
  • Time Management - Managing one's own time
  • Operation Monitoring - Watching gauges, dials or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly
  • Mathematical Skills - Adding & subtracting two-digit numbers and ability to multiply & divide with 10's and 100's

Physical Demands:
(Percentage of time performing essential tasks)

Constant (90 - 100%)

  • Hand movement, reperitive motions, grasping, holding & finger dexterity
  • Eye-hand coordination
  • Visual Inspection & color distinction
  • Measuring/Assembling at distance close to eye
  • Walking, standing, bending & reaching

Frequent (60 - 90%)

  • Writing
  • Pushing & pulling
  • Squatting
  • Lifting: 0 - 60 lbs.

Occasional (30 - 60%)

  • Hearing/listening & talking
  • Reading

Rare (0 - 30%)

  • Preparing/analyzing figures
  • Sitting, climbing & crawling

Work Environment & Conditions

  • Indoor heated/air conditioned
  • Bright lighting
  • Adequate ventilation
  • Noise/vibration (equipment/machines)
  • Frequent overtime (based on business volume and season)

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