How to become a Textile Technician

Textile technicians perform technical functions in various aspects of the design, production and quality control of textile products.

Personal requirements of a Textile Technician

  • enjoy practical and manual activities
  • methodical and thorough
  • able to think logically
  • problem-solving skills
  • good communication skills
  • normal colour vision and good colour perception
  • interested in chemistry.

Duties & Tasks of a Textile Technician

Textile technicians:

  • analyse the structure and properties of raw materials used in textiles and prepare specifications for their production
  • select and develop dyes to produce fabrics of the required colour
  • obtain and analyse test data
  • carry out or supervise testing and quality control
  • ensure that textiles are colour-fast and meet strength and durability standards
  • engage in research, improving or developing new processes and materials.

Avg. weekly wage:

$1,013

Future growth:

Strong

Employment by state:

ACT ACT 2.8%

NSW NSW 23%

NT NT 1.5%

QLD QLD 22.5%

SA SA 4.9%

TAS TAS 2.6%

VIC VIC 17.8%

WA WA 25%

Hours worked:

38.6

Unemployment:

Average unemployment

Gender split:

Male 61.1%

Female 38.9%

Education level:

Age brackets:

15-19 - 2.2%

20-24 - 11.2%

25-34 - 25.1%

35-44 - 24.7%

45-54 - 23.5%

55-59 - 7.3%

60-64 - 2.3%

65 and Over - 3.8%

*The data above is sourced from the Department of Employment’s Job Outlook website.

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