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What does a Textile Dyeing Technician do?

Textile dyeing technicians colour fibres, yarns and fabrics. Many different fibres, both natural and synthetic, are used in the textile industry and as a result, dyeing has become a highly technical process.

Textile dyeing technicians are given details of the final colour required and they have to work out which chemical dye recipes to use, the length of the process and the temperatures at which dyeing is to take place. They have to bear in mind the type of fabric to be dyed and any special finishes required. Technicians may have computer-controlled instruments to help them make these decisions.

Textile dyeing technicians run quality control checks to make sure the dye is colourfast and will not fade or run when washed. They supervise the dyeing process and deal with any problems that occur. Technicians are responsible for keeping clear, detailed records, so that if a problem arises after a fabric has left the factory, the details of the process can be checked.

As well as dyeing, technicians need to know a great deal about other processes such as bleaching and finishing, as these processes affect the final colour.

What's the working environment like working as a Textile Dyeing Technician?

Working hours vary between 37 and 40 hours a week. Many textile factories operate a shift system and overtime is common.

Dyeing takes place in the dyehouse of a textile factory, or is carried out by specialist dyeing companies. Modern dyehouses are light and spacious and have extraction equipment to deal with fumes and steam. The environment can get hot and humid. In the dyeing area they wear appropriate protective clothing including overalls and safety footwear.

Dyeing technicians spend a lot of time on the factory floor checking the dyeing processes, but they also work in laboratories carrying out tests, and in an office, writing up reports.

What does it take to become a Textile Dyeing Technician?

To be a textile dyeing technician you should:

  • have good eyesight and normal colour vision
  • have a good level of scientific knowledge, particularly chemistry
  • have good practical skills
  • have a logical approach to problem solving
  • be able to pay attention to detail and have a methodical way of working
  • have good communication skills
  • be able to work as part of a team, yet take the initiative
  • have an understanding of national and international technical standards in the colouration industry
  • have good computer skills.

Textile Dyeing Technician Career Opportunities

Opportunities for career progression include research and development and management, There are also opportunities in technical sales and service, where dyeing technicians act as a link between dye suppliers and textile manufacturers.

Further information

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Richmond House
Lawnswood Business Park
Redvers Close
LS16 6RD
Tel: 0113 2399 600

The Society of Dyers and Colourists
PO Box 244
Perkin House
82 Grattan Road
Tel: 01274 725138

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