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Sewing machine mechanics service and repair industrial sewing machines for the clothing and allied products industries. They may do this either in a workshop or in the customer's factory.
Sewing machine mechanics are responsible for setting up, maintaining and repairing sewing machines for the clothing industry.
In companies that make or deal in sewing machines, mechanics set up the new machines ready for delivery to the clothing industry. They set the machine to the correct tension for the thread and cloth of the job, checking that the machine is working correctly and that motors and drives are in working order. Customers may send in machines for maintenance or repair. The mechanic may have to strip down the machine, oil and grease the moving parts, replace parts, and diagnose and rectify problems.
Many machines are now computer controlled; this allows them to sense the type of cloth and the pressure and tension required. The sewing machine mechanic increasingly has to understand the electronics involved.
Some mechanics visit clothing manufacturers for maintenance and repair work. If the mechanic cannot repair the machine at the factory, he or she must arrange to take it back to a workshop for further tests and repair work. The mechanic may have to order a spare part, or refer to the manufacturer for help.
Personal Qualities and Skills
To be a sewing machine mechanic, you must have good practical skills. You need to be physically fit to lift heavy machines and motors.
Mechanics have to be able to get on with the people in the factories they visit. You must work quickly because money is being lost when a machine used in production is out of action.
For some jobs, you need a full clean driving licence.
Pay and Opportunities
Opportunities can exist in workshops or factories. With experience self employment is an option.
Pay varies depending on the whether the mechanic is an employer or employee and how successful the company is. Once established a sewing machine mechanic can earn around EUR 30k per year. This salary can be supplemented with overtime and bonuses if the mechanic has employee status.
Entry Routes and Training
Many new entrants are school leavers although mature entrants with relevant mechanical skills have a good chance of entry. You will usually receive on-the-job training. Some may follow a course of study. A number of I.T.s throughout the country offer relevant courses.
There is no formal academic entry requirement. Please see http://www.cao.ie/courses.php for information on course qualifications.
Application for admission to undergraduate courses must be made in accordance with the regulations and procedures and timetable described in the CAO Handbook.
The Handbook is confined to giving information on how to apply for admission to the relevant institutions. Applicants should not attempt to complete the application form without first referring to the information literature on courses, which is available from the institutions to which application is to be made.
Candidates are recommended to check the prospectuses from the individual institutions for course details and specific entry requirements.
There is no formal upper age limit for entry into this career.
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