Technical textiles designer
Technical textiles designers use computer aided design software to research, create and test textiles for specific uses.
1. Entry requirementsMost employers will expect you to have a degree that focuses on technical skills and knowledge, rather than surface design or the fashion industry.
You could do a textiles technology course like textile science and technology, or materials science and engineering.
You may also be able to get into this job as a technician, or through an apprenticeship.
The Textile Institute has more information on how to become a technical textiles designer.
2. Skills required
- creative ideas and design skills
- good concentration levels
- strong written and spoken communication skills
- IT skills
- project management skills
3. What you'll do
You’ll work with fibres and fabrics for a wide range of uses, like:
- medical textiles - allergy-free bedding and artificial ligaments in prosthetics
- clothing textiles - waterproof, flame-retardant, heat-resistant or bullet-proof fabrics
- woven fabric structures used in the manufacture of motor vehicles and aircraft
- construction textiles - carbon fibre 'skins' used to protect buildings
You’ll work with research and development and production teams and your day-to-day duties might include:
- coming up with ideas for products that meet performance specifications
- identifying the suitability and availability of materials
- developing product prototypes
- assessing technical performance specifications and carrying out rigorous testing
- recording and interpreting test results
- writing technical reports and cost estimates
- researching new techniques and technologies
Highly Experienced: £35,000
These figures are a guide.
5. Working hours, patterns and environmentYou'll work around 37 hours a week. You may need to do more hours during busy times to meet deadlines.
You’ll spend a lot of time in a laboratory environment and on the factory floor.
You may need to travel to attend conferences and exhibitions.
6. Career path and progressionYou could carry out research for universities that have a textiles specialism.
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Last updated: 14 December 2016
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