Textile technologists work with various materials, including man-made and natural textiles, leather, fur, metals and plastics. They source appropriate fabrics and provide advice about textiles and materials to designers and manufacturers of clothing, furnishings and household items.
- Creating products in response to briefs.
- Dyeing and printing textiles.
- Testing materials and products for suitability and performance in various conditions.
- Providing solutions to problems and making amendments.
- Advising designers and manufacturers about textile/fabric properties.
- Controlling production and standards.
Travel: is a feature; regular requirements to meet with suppliers, customers or manufacturing partners. International travel is also possible. Work is based in a production environment eg laboratory, factory or office.
Working hours: are usually 9 to 5, with possible shifts and some longer hours.
Location: Retailers and manufacturers are located all around the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland.
- Manufacturers of industrial textiles or clothing
- Research and development organisations
- Textile companies
Relevant degree subjects for entry into the profession include mechanical, manufacturing and production engineering; clothing and textile technology; chemical and applied sciences; materials and polymer sciences, and mathematics.
A postgraduate textiles/clothing qualification could be beneficial, as is work experience within the industry.