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Technical textiles designer

Alternative titles for this job include Textile technical specialist, analytical textiles technologist

Technical textiles designers research, create and test textiles for use in healthcare, manufacturing and construction materials.

Average salary (a year)

£22,000 Starter

to

£40,000 Experienced

Typical hours (a week)

35 to 40 a week

You could work

between 8am and 6pm flexibly

How to become

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How to become a technical textiles designer

You can get into this job through:

  • a university course
  • an apprenticeship
  • working towards this role

University

You can do a degree or postgraduate qualification in:

  • textile design
  • materials science
  • textile technology
  • product design

It's important that you check courses cover the technical skills and knowledge employers want, rather than ones that concentrate only on fashion design.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English, maths and science
  • 2 to 3 A levels, or equivalent, for a degree
  • a degree in a relevant subject for postgraduate study

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Apprenticeship

You may be able to gain some of the skills and knowledge relevant to this role through a textile technical specialist higher apprenticeship or a fashion and textiles product technologist higher apprenticeship.

With experience you may be able to move into trainee technical design roles.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) and A levels, or equivalent, for a higher or degree apprenticeship

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Work

You can start as a textiles or materials technician and do further training on the job to specialise in technical fabrics research and development.

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Further information

You can find out more about careers and training in textile design from The Textile Institute.

You can find out more about creative careers from Discover Creative Careers.

What it takes

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What it takes

Skills and knowledge

You'll need:

  • design skills and knowledge
  • knowledge of engineering science and technology
  • the ability to come up with new ways of doing things
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • analytical thinking skills
  • complex problem-solving skills
  • the ability to work on your own
  • knowledge of manufacturing production and processes
  • to be able to use a computer and the main software packages competently

What you’ll do

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What you'll do

Day-to-day tasks

In this role you may:

  • develop ideas for products to meet particular performance standards
  • identify the suitability and availability of materials
  • create designs using computer software
  • develop prototypes
  • assess the technical performance of textiles
  • record and interpret test results
  • write technical reports and estimate costs
  • research new development methods and technologies

Working environment

You could work in a laboratory or in a factory.

You may need to wear safety clothing and use safety equipment.

Career path and progression

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Career path and progression

You could work in a research department for a university or company that specialises in technical textiles, for example carbon fibre or graphene.

Current opportunities

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Current opportunities

Apprenticeships In England

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Courses In England

Product Design

  • Provider: DRONFIELD HENRY FANSHAWE SCHOOL
  • Start date: 01 September 2022
  • Location: Dronfield

Product Design

  • Provider: MAIDEN ERLEGH SCHOOL
  • Start date: 01 September 2022
  • Location: Reading

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