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Analytical Textile Technologist

Industries:
Fashion and Textiles
Personality type:
Technologist
Departments:
Technical Textiles | Textiles

The lowdown

  • Solving questions relating to textile manufacture
  • Testing products using equipment such as microscopes
  • Recording and reporting test results

Is this role right for me?

To do this role, you will need to:

  • have an interest in science, specifically physics
  • understand textiles and how they are produced
  • have a logical and inquisitive mind
  • have good time management skills
  • work to tight deadlines
  • have good concentration levels
  • have a disciplined work ethic
  • be skilled in laboratory testing
  • have reporting skills
  • lead a team

What does an Analytical Textile Technologist do?

Analytical Textile Technologists work in many different areas of technical textiles, for example in the medical, automotive or performance wear industries.

They carry out tests on products to solve technical questions about their manufacture and to check the quality of the material. They analyse faults and test they are fit for purpose. They also check the fabric contents are listed correctly.

They may work in-house for a Textile Manufacturer or as a consultant for a variety of companies.

Analytical Technologists also liaise with staff, clients and customers.

They use technical testing equipment, such as microscopes or infrared spectroscopes. They have to develop testing techniques for new or innovative materials and record, interpret and report the results of tests.

They must be aware of Health and Safety issues.

Analytical Technologists work in both office and laboratory environments. They are required to analyse a variety of materials using microscopes, infrared spectroscopy or other specialist techniques. Protective clothing may have to be worn for certain laboratory work.

What might I earn?

A typical starting salary is between £15,000 and £20,000 a year, rising to between £25,000 and £30,000 a year with experience.

Will I need a qualification?

You could consider taking a vocational qualification, such as: an ABC in Fashion and Textiles; Manufacturing Textiles; Textile Technology; or, Apparel, Footwear, Leather or Textiles Production. There is also an SVQ in Manufacturing Textile Products.

Apprenticeships are available in apparel, textiles, leather and footwear.

If you are considering an apprenticeship, the following programmes have been assessed by experts and awarded the Creative Skillset Tick for the high standard of training they provide and their links to the industry:

Fashion and textiles apprenticeship programmes awarded the Creative Skillset Tick

The Textile Institute also offers a range of chartered professional qualifications for continuous professional development.

What’s the best route in?

You can search for vacancies in newspapers, Jobcentre Plus offices and trade publications.

Where might the role take me?

With experience, you can expect to take on wider responsibilities within technical management, production and quality control.

Interested? Find out more...

Websites

Publications

  • Technical Textiles International
  • Performance Textiles
  • Smart Textiles and Nanotechnology
  • Medical Textiles
  • Advances in Textile Technology
  • Textile Horizons
  • Textile Month

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