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Textile Technologist. By Jessica Davidson Fashion 105 – Fall 2010. Duties. Advising on the selection and maintenance of machinery ; Researching more efficient production methods ; Programming patterns into computers for textile production machines ;

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Textile technologist

Textile Technologist

By Jessica Davidson

Fashion 105 – Fall 2010


Duties

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).


Education

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.


Abilities

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.


Personal qualities

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.


Salary

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.


Locations

Locations

  • New York, Los Angeles, Texas, Ohio and North Carolina.

  • Every big center for production:

    • United Kingdom;

    • Italy;

    • Turkey;

    • India;

    • China.


Availability

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;


References

References

  • http://www.connexions-direct.com

  • http://www.simplyhired.com

  • http://www.aroj.com

  • http://ww2.prospects.ac.uk


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