Textile Dyeing Technician

Job Description:

Textile dyeing technicians create dyes to colour fibres and fabrics.

Job Category:

What you will do:

In your day-to-day duties you could:

  • develop chemical ‘recipes’ to produce different colours and dyes
  • work out the correct temperatures to suit different dyeing methods
  • test sample dyes
  • mix batches of dye for use in textiles manufacturing
  • recommend special finishes or treatments
  • keep records of the dye development process and its results


You’ll need:

  • knowledge of chemistry including the safe use and disposal of chemicals
  • knowledge of manufacturing production and processes
  • the ability to operate and control equipment
  • knowledge of maths
  • to be able to use a computer and the main software packages competently

As well as:

  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail (organisational skills)
  • the ability to work well with others (teamwork skills)
  • the ability to work well with your hands
  • observation and recording skills
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Entry Requirements:

You can get into this job through:

  • a university course
  • a college course
  • an apprenticeship
  • training with a professional body


You could do a higher national diploma or degree in:

  • chemical engineering
  • textile technology
  • chemistry

You could also take a course in fashion and textiles if it covers manufacturing processes.


You could do a college course, which may help you to get a job as a trainee dyeing technician.

In the UK, for example, courses include:

  • Diploma In Textile Design and Manufacture
  • A level Chemistry
  • Diploma in Applied Science


You could apply for a technical dyer and colourist, or textile technical specialist, higher apprenticeship.

These usually take between 24 and 36 months to complete as a mix of on the job learning and study.

Working Hours and Environment:

A typical week consists of 40-42 hours of work. You could be required to work 9am to 5pm.

You could work in a workshop or in a laboratory. You may need to wear safety clothing and use safety equipment.

Career Path & Progression:

You could move into research and development, quality control or production management. You might also work in technical sales, acting as a link between dye suppliers and textile manufacturers.

You could transfer to different areas of manufacturing that also use dye technology, like the food and drinks industry.