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


£35,000 Experienced

Typical hours (a week)

40 to 42 a week

You could work

9am to 5pm

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


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:

  • 2 to 3 A levels to do a degree or higher national diploma

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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), including English, maths and science

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You could start by doing a fashion and textiles advanced apprenticeship before specialising in dyeing and colour technology.

You could also apply for a technical dyer and colourist higher apprenticeship.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), including English and maths, for an advanced apprenticeship
  • 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) and A levels, or equivalent qualifications, for a higher or a 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

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
  • observation and recording skills
  • the ability to work well with others
  • knowledge of manufacturing production and processes
  • the ability to operate and control equipment
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • thinking and reasoning skills
  • to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device

What you'll do

Day-to-day tasks

Your day-to-day duties may include:

  • developing chemical 'recipes' to produce different colours
  • working out the correct temperatues to suit different dyeing methods
  • testing sample dyes
  • mixing batches of dye for use in textiles manufacturing
  • recommending special finishes or treatments
  • keeping records of the dye development process and results

Working environment

You could work in a workshop or in a laboratory.

You may need to wear safety clothing.

Career path and progression

You could move into research and development, quality control or management. In technical sales you'd act as a link between dye suppliers and textile manufacturers.

You could also transfer to different areas of manufacturing that use dye technology, like food and drink.

Current opportunities

Apprenticeships In England

Sewing Machine Apprentice

  • Wage : To be agreed upon appointment
  • Location: Catterick Garrison DL9 4GA

Fashion and Textiles / Production Apprentice

  • Wage : To be agreed upon appointment
  • Location: Huntingdon PE28 0LQ

Courses In England

PEARSONS Voc Applied Science Btec Level 3 Applied Science (Extended Certificate)

  • Provider: The St Thomas the Apostle College
  • Start date: 17 September 2019
  • Location: LONDON

Applied Science

  • Provider: De Aston School
  • Start date: 01 September 2020
  • Location: Market Rasen

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