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Textile Technician

Apprenticeship Traineeship Year 10 Preferred

Also known as Garment Technician.

Textile technicians perform technical functions in various aspects of the design, production and quality control of textile products.

They may specialise in dyeing and finishing, fabric design, weaving, knitting or spinning.

TASKS

    Textile technicians may perform the following tasks:

  • analyse the structure and properties of raw materials used in textiles and prepare specifications for their production
  • select and develop dyes to produce fabrics of the required colour
  • obtain and analyse test data
  • carry out or supervise testing and quality control
  • ensure that textiles are colour-fast and meet strength and durability standards
  • engage in research, improving or developing new processes and materials

PERSONAL REQUIREMENTS

  • enjoy practical and manual activities
  • methodical and thorough
  • able to think logically
  • problem-solving skills
  • good communication skills
  • normal colour vision and good colour perception
  • interested in chemistry

Interest Area

Technical/Engineering

EDUCATION & TRAINING


Apprenticeship Traineeship Year 10 Preferred

To become a textile technician you usually have to complete an apprenticeship or traineeship in Textile Production or Textile Technology and Production.

Entry requirements may vary, but employers generally require Year 10.

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

Textile technicians may work in production areas of textile factories and in laboratories. They are employed by manufacturers of floor coverings, clothing, soft furnishings, basic fabrics and specialised textiles. With experience, and sometimes further training, it is possible to become a dye house supervisor, senior laboratory technician or production manager.

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