- maths knowledge
- knowledge of engineering science and technology
- knowledge of chemistry
- knowledge of physics
- analytical thinking skills
- complex problem-solving skills
- excellent verbal communication skills
- the ability to come up with new ways of doing things
- to be thorough and pay attention to detail
- to be able to use a computer and the main software packages confidently
Your day-to-day duties might include:
- analysing and testing samples in a lab
- measuring the technical performance of materials
- interpreting and reporting data
- writing technical reports
- developing new analytical techniques
- working with industry customers and suppliers
You may need to wear protective clothing.
You could work in a laboratory.
You could become a senior technologist, leading a research and development team, move into quality control or become a technical production manager.
You might also move into buying or technical sales, working with materials suppliers and manufacturers of fashion and industrial textiles.
You can find out more about careers in textile technology from The Textile Institute.