Textile Dyeing TechnicianJob 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
- 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
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
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.