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Textile dyeing technician

Alternative titles for this job include Dyer, colour technologist

Textile dyeing technicians create dyes to colour fibres and fabrics.

Average salary (a year)

£17,000 Starter

to

£35,000 Experienced

Typical hours (a week)

40 to 42 a week

You could work

9am to 5pm

How to become

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How to become a textile dyeing technician

You can get into this job through:

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

University

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.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • between 1 and 3 A levels, or equivalent, for a higher national diploma or degree

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College

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

  • Level 3 Diploma In Textile Design and Manufacture
  • A level Chemistry
  • Level 3 Diploma in Applied Science

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English, maths and science

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Apprenticeship

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.

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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Other Routes

You could train with the Society of Dyers and Colourists, who offer courses from introductory level to advanced. You'll usually need to be working in textiles production or research to do the more advanced courses.

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Further information

You can find out more about working in textiles technology from the Society of Dyers and Colourists and The Textile Institute.

What it takes

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What it takes

Skills and knowledge

You'll need:

  • knowledge of chemistry including the safe use and disposal of chemicals
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • knowledge of manufacturing production and processes
  • observation and recording skills
  • the ability to work well with others
  • the ability to operate and control equipment
  • the ability to work well with your hands
  • knowledge of maths
  • 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 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

Working environment

You could work in a workshop or in a laboratory.

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 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.

Current opportunities

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Current opportunities

Apprenticeships In England

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Courses In England

Applied Science (BTEC Diploma)

  • Provider: LINCOLN CHRIST'S HOSPITAL SCHOOL
  • Start date: 05 September 2022
  • Location: Lincoln

Foundation Diploma in Applied Science

  • Provider: THE RIDGEWAY SCHOOL & SIXTH FORM COLLEGE
  • Start date: 01 September 2022
  • Location: Swindon

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