Trainee Linking Machine Operator

Interknit Branberry are seeking a Trainee Linking Machine Operator for both our manual and computerised linking machines. These machines are used to join together pieces of knitted fabric such as a knitted collar to a knitted jumper panel and the end effect is often referred to as ‘fully fashioned’. The process is methodical and patience and practice is required to manipulate the pieces and run the machines effectively.

This position can be full-time or part-time flexible around the right person. The majority of the position is chair based and requires dexterity in both hands, good eyesight and has one foot button to operate. This position may be suitable for a person with a physical disability.

The hourly pay rate will begin at Skill Level – Trainee, under the Textile, Clothing, Footwear and Associated Industries Award until the competencies to reach Skill Level 1 are achieved. As a Trainee, full training and adequate supervision will be provided. There is no nationally recognised competency in this industry.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Daily operation of manual linking machines until skill is adequate to learn the automatic linking machine
  • Work with other team members and current processes to obtain specific instructions on linking orders including selecting the correct gauge manual machine and working to the correct measurement
  • Select the right type and colour of threads and ensure that they are properly threaded in machine needles
  • Investigate causes of quality deviations to specified standards and recommend preventative action

Selection Criteria

  • Ability and willingness to learn new techniques and skills
  • School sewing studies and/or sewing or knitting as hobbies will be highly regarded
  • High attention to detail and an eye for accuracy
  • Ability to measure accurately in metric using a sewing tape measure
  • Ability to effectively communicate with Team Leader/Supervisor/Directors especially regarding early notification of workflow issues or targets not being met
  • Ability to meet deadlines whilst working in a busy environment
  • An understanding and commitment to ensuring a safe work environment
  • Have a good level of dexterity in hands/fingers for most machine operation roles
  • Have good to great eyesight and close range vision for most machine operation roles

 

Please email ballarat@interknit.com.au to obtain a position description or to submit an application.

Experienced Embroidery Machine Operator

Interknit Branberry are seeking an experienced (Skill Level 3, Textile, Clothing, Footwear and Associated Industries Award) Embroidery Machine Operator primarily to run our 4 Head Barudan Machine.

Previous experience running this machine type is essential and an attractive hourly rate ($20-$30/hr + Super) will be offered commensurate with experience and competency. The hours are daytime weekdays only and can be tailored to fit the right person. A minimum of 16 hours is required immediately, however this can be flexible around our operating hours or if you’re willing to learn other processes the role can be full-time permanent.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Daily operation of Barudan embroidery machines
  • Work with other team members and current processes to obtain specific instructions on embroidery orders
  • Calibrate and set up embroidery machines at the beginning of each shift, to ensure that it works according to standards during the day
  • Select the right type and colour of threads and ensure that they are properly threaded in machine needles
  • Hooping garments and fabric correctly and set under the needle to perform the embroidery
  • Perform both preventative and regular advanced maintenance on embroidery machines to ensure that they remain in good working order
  • Investigate causes of quality deviations to specified standards and recommend preventative action

Selection Criteria

  • Previous experience as a commercial embroidery machine operator is essential
  • Previous knowledge in large volume clothing or textiles manufacturing is highly regarded
  • Working knowledge of Barudan embroidery machines
  • Must be efficient in all areas of garment decoration including meeting and exceeding speed and accuracy targets
  • Ability to read and follow patterns, diagrams and instructions
  • High attention to detail and an eye for accuracy
  • Demonstrated experience to carry out quality assurance checks
  • Ability to meet deadlines whilst working in a busy environment
  • Ability and willingness to learn new techniques and skills
  • Ability to work unsupervised as well as in a team environment
  • An understanding and commitment to ensuring a safe work environment
  • Intermediate computer skills, including the use of Wilcom Software
  • Physically fit and able; the ability to perform manual labour tasks
  • Have a good level of dexterity in hands/fingers
  • Have good to great eyesight and close range vision

 

Please email ballarat@interknit.com.au to obtain a position description or to submit an application.


    Experienced Commercial Sewing Machinist & Overlocker

    The Position:

    We are a Ballarat based Australian clothing manufacturer registered with Ethical Clothing Australia and have a small friendly team. We run a busy shopfront; factory and website with a focus on ethical manufacturing. Our factory location is not easily accessible by public transport during all operating hours.

    The sewing machinist & overlocker reports to the leading hand and is responsible for fast and accurate sewing of garments.

    Our company has less than fifteen staff so the ability to maintain individual productivity and be flexible with working hours and daily tasks is essential. There will be role sharing for this position so ownership of the complete area is not necessary, however a pride in growing the role and a strong work ethic will be rewarded. You will get to work in a happy friendly team environment where your input is encouraged and valued and you’ll have access to great staff discounts.

    You will be covered by the Textile, Clothing, Footwear and Associated Award and we are offering the classification skill level commensurate with experience to the successful applicant. The position will be casual and a trial period of three months will apply. Depending on experience and the requirements of the applicant, a permanent contract may be negotiated.

    Interviews begin immediately; applicants with immediate availability are preferred.

    Starting Date for the successful applicant can be flexible depending on the applicant’s requirements.

    Key Responsibilities:

    • Set up and operate an industrial or commercial sewing machine;
    • Work with industrial and commercial sewing machines in high volume production;
    • Plain sewing, overlocking, bar tacking as required;
    • Install bobbins, needles and guide plates to accommodate different fabric types and create assorted stitching patterns;
    • Follow verbal directions of the leading hand and other key team members;
    • Attention to detail including trimming all threads/pulling in ends/keeping jobs together;
    • Some flexibility to learn and cover other production roles in the event of annual leave/long service leave will be required;

    To perform well in this role the following is absolutely required:

    To be successful in this position, you must have the following skills, experience and attributes:

    • 3+ years’ experience in operation of industrial sewing machines; overlocker, plain sewing;
    • Experience working in a similar role within a commercial workroom;
    • Takes pride in the quality of their work;
    • Strong verbal communication skills, including following directions;
    • Fast, smart and enthusiastic learner;
    • Knowledgeable about WHS policies and procedures;
    • Thorough understanding of workplace Bullying and Harassment policies and procedures;

    Highly Regarded:

    • Currently living in or prepared to relocate to the Ballarat region;
    • Experience in other commercial garment manufacturing processes;
    • Recent industry experience in the advertised field;
    • Experience with the use of the above machines with knit fabrics;

    To Apply:

    If you think this sounds like you please apply and submit the following either in person during shop hours or by using the email form below:

    1. A one page summary explaining which role you are applying for & why you think you would succeed in this role;
    2. Outline your availability across the work week, Monday to Friday, days and times;
    3. Your up-to-date Resume or summary of your experience including your contact details.

    NO HOME SEWERS TO APPLY – THIS ROLE NEEDS TO BE COMPLETED FROM OUR FACTORY

    We are a small team and do not have time to field phone or in-person inquiries for this position; please limit your inquiries to email only.

    Experienced Textile Clothing Fabric Cutter

    The Position:

    We are a Ballarat based Australian clothing manufacturer registered with Ethical Clothing Australia and have a small friendly team. We run a busy shopfront; factory and website with a focus on ethical manufacturing. Our factory location is not easily accessible by public transport during all operating hours.

    The fabric cutter reports directly to the company Director’s and is responsible for managing the workflow into the sewing room.

    Our company has less than fifteen staff so the ability to maintain individual productivity and be flexible with working hours and daily tasks is essential. There will be role sharing for this position so ownership of the complete area is not necessary, however a pride in growing the role and a strong work ethic will be rewarded. You will get to work in a happy friendly team environment where your input is encouraged and valued and you’ll have access to great staff discounts.

    You will be covered by the Textile, Clothing, Footwear and Associated Award and we are offering the classification skill level commensurate with experience to the successful applicant. The position will be permanent part-time and a trial period of three months will apply. Depending on experience and the requirements of the applicant, a full-time permanent contract may be negotiated.

    Starting Date for the successful applicant will be flexible depending on the applicant’s requirements. Interviews may be immediate.

    Key Responsibilities:

    • Cutting of all fabric pieces to cardboard patterns
      • Including extensive use of a 41/4” Electric Lightning Circular Cutter;
      • Keeping the cardboard patterns up to date and tidy;
      • Wearing of all PPE including a mesh cutting glove at all times;
      • Use of other standard cutting room equipment;
    • Managing workflow to the sewing room to make sure each machine has work
      • Attention to all current jobs in the workroom with regard to due dates;
      • Attention to all processes required for each job to pass cut garment pieces to the appropriate machine operator;

    To perform well in this role the following is absolutely required:

    To be successful in this position, you must have the following skills, experience and attributes:

    • Experience with 41/4” Electric Lightning Circular Cutter;
    • Extensive experience working in a similar cutting role within a commercial workroom;
    • Exceptional attention to detail and ability quickly identify flaws and inconsistencies in fabric;
    • Confident working with numbers and performing complex fabric calculations;
    • Experience working with patterned fabrics and the ability to calculate pattern matching requirements;
    • Enjoys physically demanding work and able to carry/handle large and heavy fabrics;
    • Strong organisational skills with the ability to follow processes and workflows;
    • Perfectionist who takes pride in the quality of their work;
    • Neat, clear handwriting and the ability to accurately transfer manufacturing specifications from worksheets onto manufacturing tags;
    • Strong verbal communication skills;
    • Fast, smart and enthusiastic learner;
    • Exceptional team player with excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to build strong working relationships with management, other staff and suppliers;
    • Knowledgeable about WHS policies and procedures;
    • Thorough understanding of workplace Bullying and Harassment policies and procedures;

    Highly Regarded:

    • Currently living in or prepared to relocate to the Ballarat region;
    • Experience in other commercial garment manufacturing processes such as steam bed operation or commercial sewing;
    • Recent industry experience in the advertised field;

    To apply please send an email including a cover letter addressing the absolutely required and highly regarded points; and your current resume using the form below. Applications missing any of these components will not be considered. Please be prepared to bring at least two contactable references if you are invited to an interview.

    We are a small team and do not have time to field phone or in-person inquiries for this position; please limit your inquiries to email only.