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:

To become a Textile Dyeing Technician, it’s important to focus on subjects that will provide you with a solid foundation in textiles and relevant technical skills. Here are the subjects and areas of focus that can be beneficial:

  1. Design and Technology: This subject specifically focuses on textiles and can provide you with a strong understanding of fabric types, dyeing processes, and other technical aspects related to textile production.
  2. Chemistry: Knowledge of chemistry is essential for understanding dyeing processes and the chemical interactions involved in textile dyeing. A strong background in chemistry can help you grasp the science behind colorfastness and dye selection.
  3. Mathematics: Good mathematical skills are important for precise measurements and calculations in the dyeing process.
  4. Science: A general science background can be valuable for understanding the physical and chemical properties of textiles, dyes, and the environmental considerations related to dyeing processes.
  5. Art and Design: While not as technical as some other subjects, Art and Design can help you develop creativity and an eye for colour, which are useful in textile dyeing.
  6. Textiles: If your school offers a specific course in textiles, this can be highly relevant as it covers the technical aspects of working with fabrics and textiles.
  7. English: Effective communication skills are important for documenting dyeing processes, safety protocols, and conveying information within a team.

Post School

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.