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Textile Technologist

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  1. Textile Technologist By Jessica Davidson Fashion 105 – Fall 2010

  2. Duties • Advising on the selection and maintenance of machinery; • Researching more efficient production methods; • Programming patterns into computers for textile production machines; • Conducting quality checks on the robustness of fabrics for particular uses; • Sourcing and selecting yarns and materials from external suppliers; • Liaising with suppliers to get the right fabric at the right price; • Testing yarns and colored fabrics to see if materials are color fast (non-fading).

  3. Education • Degree or HND in a relevant area. Useful subjects include applied, physical, mathematical or textile science, textile management and manufacturing engineering; • Work experience in a relevant environment such as a production facility may help; • Masters degrees are available in textile science, color science, clothing manufacture and textile management; • Without a degree, it may be possible for technicians to work their way up to a technologist post. Some companies may sponsor a promising candidate through a degree or masters program.

  4. Abilities • Knowledgeable about production processes and the properties of raw materials, related chemicals and coatings; • Confident working with computers and new technologies; • Knowledgeable of chemicals to improve properties such as waterproofing, crease-proofing, flame resistance and shrink resistance; • Able to develop innovative new processes and materials; • Confident experimenting with dyeing or printing processes; • Capable of developing fabrics with a particular appearance and texture.

  5. Personal Qualities • excellent leaders and negotiators; • good problem solvers; • strong communicators; • creative and resourceful; • responsible and able to prioritize; • organized and decisive; • self-motivated; • aware of health and safety regulations; • physically fit, with normal color vision.

  6. Salary • United Kingdom • Trainee Level: £20,000 a year; • Some Experience: £25,000, potentially reaching between £35,000 and £40,000 a year. • With management duties,up to £45,000. • United States • Averages around $60,000 a year.

  7. Locations • New York, Los Angeles, Texas, Ohio and North Carolina. • Every big center for production: • United Kingdom; • Italy; • Turkey; • India; • China.

  8. Availability • 40 hours a week, Monday to Friday; • Longer hours to meet deadlines or liaise with overseas suppliers; • Working alongside operatives on the factory floor; • Based in a laboratory, factory or office; • Travel is common to meet suppliers and manufacturers in different locations; • Visit trade fairs and exhibitions;

  9. References • http://www.connexions-direct.com • http://www.simplyhired.com • http://www.aroj.com • http://ww2.prospects.ac.uk