Loom Technician

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Date: Apr 19, 2024

Location: Bury, BUR, GB, BL8 2AY

Company: Milliken and Company

Milliken is a successful global business, recognised as an international leader in textile products and specialty chemicals. They have significant manufacturing facilities in USA, UK, Europe and Asia. Their sales offices, development laboratories, Research and Development and technical support centres extend Milliken’s presence throughout the world. With three sites in the UK, Bury, Wigan and Manchester, Milliken Industrial Ltd has built itself into a significant business with products that reach into many markets.


Everywhere you look, you will find Milliken products in aspects of life and you will probably touch their products in a variety of ways almost every day.  Their high-grade speciality fabrics which offer comfort and practicality whilst providing essential protection are used in military service, space and extreme environment exploration and many contact sports and tournaments. Their carpets and linens are found in many of the finest hotels and restaurants and their matting products are providing entrance doorway solutions in many commercial and public premises.

Milliken firmly believes that ethical practices will continue to drive our success as a company, which is why we do more than talk about doing the right thing. The focus, commitment and actions Milliken take raises the bar for ethical standards and has earned us a place on Ethisphere Magazine's list of the "World's Most Ethical Companies" thirteen years in a row, including 2019.
Just look around. You’ll see Milliken.

Wellington Plant, Bury is part of Milliken’s Performance Textiles Division and is a multi-award-winning textile manufacturer supplying fabric products into Airbag systems for automotive vehicles. Shipping to over forty locations in twenty countries, we contribute to saving three thousand lives per year and prevent over thirty thousand life changing injuries. As a showcase site for our Performance Solutions Business, we regularly host visits from multinational companies as well as being a host site for events involving the Manufacturing Institute and Onsite Insights. We pride ourselves on our care and commitment of our associates, providing innovative process solutions that drive the highest quality levels and world class OEE standards.


Role (summary)


The Loom Technician shall be responsible for, but not limited to, the following:

  • Diagnosing the cause of cloth and mechanical defects and making the necessary corrections
  • Completing all minor repairs on all looms
  • Ensuring that Standard Operating Procedures are followed in full to complete tasks such as style changes
  • Ensuring Preventative Maintenance (PM) duties such as checking Rapiers, settings, worn and loose parts, loom lubrication etc. are carried out in accordance with the PM schedule
  • Assisting with major overhauling where required
  • Working as part of the production team to ensure minimum downtime
  • Controlling the use of weaving spares
  • Maintaining the highest possible levels of quality, efficiency and maintenance
  • Ensuring all loom settings are to specification
  • Complying with Health & Safety practices and Company policies
  • Ensuring that work areas are kept clean, clear and hazard free
  • Reporting all accidents as required
  • Performing any other task that is of a reasonable request in line with the production department.


Knowledge and Skills


  • Experience and knowledge of working with Rapier and Waterjet looms.
  • Excellent health and safety practices and knowledge
  • Reliable and enthusiastic.
  • Excellent hand-eye coordination and manual dexterity
  • Able to work to given tolerances and measurements
  • An organised team player with strong communication skills
  • Keen eye for detail and housekeeping.
  • Ability to work to tight deadlines
  • Ability to communicate at all levels
  • Understanding of Kanban systems, standard work and C.S.D. (continuous skills development)
  • Experience of following Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) manuals
  • Knowledge of weaving processes would be advantageous
  • Knowledge of Barco would be advantageous
  • Experience of implementing Lean practices would be advantageous.



Additional Information


  • Location: Bury site
  • Hours of work:   Shift work – 4 on/4 off, 2 days/2 nights



  • Pension scheme 7% company, 7% employee
  • Sovereign Healthcare Plan
  • Death in service benefit
  • Free car parking
  • Social and Company events
  • Casual dress down Fridays (following policy)
  • Health drop in sessions
  • On site counselling
  • Employee referral programme
  • Milliken Inspire reward scheme, incl. long service awards
  • Extensive Internal/external training opportunities
  • Course fees, study leave and professional subscription support

Want to join our team? Then we look forward to your application!

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