Friday, 24th November 2017
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TEXTILE TECHNOLOGIST

Textile technologists work in the research and development of natural or synthetic fibres and fabrics. The work can involve creating textiles for production of many types of clothing or home-ware industries. Textile technologists carry out technical and analytical work on various manmade fibres, to create products that fit specifications.

As well as creating new, synthetic fabrics, textile technologists may also work with natural fibres, trying to improve their efficiency, durability and quality. Textile technologists may be working in research and development, but they can also contribute to production management and quality control areas of manufacture.

The main role of technologists is to improve the quality of textiles for manufacturing, but other, typical tasks might include:

  • Developing new synthetic fibres and fabrics
  • Analysing natural fibres or existing synthetics
  • Liaising with fabric designers
  • Spinning, knitting, or weaving fibres into fabrics and material
  • Testing the durability and strength of fibres
  • Developing chemical processes to water-proof or flame-proof fabrics
  • Testing dyes and colours
  • Advising clients on the use and durability of certain fabrics

Generally, textile technologists will want to improve the look, feel and usability of fabrics, and to do this they must enlist the help of various technologies and chemicals. Technologists must be IT proficient in order to use advanced software and must keep updated on the latest textile trends.