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Textile Technologist

Employees are involved in some of the following areas; textile research and development, textiles product development, computer aided design and manufacturing technologies, textile product design, colour coordination, logistics management, production management, quality assurance design and supervision or management.

Summary of Training

  • Work in the Textiles, Clothing and Footwear industry
  • Identify fibres, yarns and textile materials and their uses in textile production
  • Organise and plan own work to achieve planned outcomes
  • Identify quality and types of textile fibres, yarns and fabrics
  • Implement and monitor OHS in the workplace
  • Coordinate quality system and procedures
  • Manage technical processes
  • Interpret and apply textile calculations and specifications
  • Understand and apply textile science
  • Perform routine textile testing and analyse results
  • Coordinate quality assurance for textile, clothing and footwear products and services
  • Plan and organise non-routine testing)
  • Develop and test textile clothing and footwear products or processes
  • Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices
  • Determine textile finishing processes
  • Participate in production planning processes
  • Work with international textile clothing and footwear supply chains
  • Manage installation and commissioning of equipment and systems
  • Prepare procedures and specifications for textiles, clothing and footwear operations
  • Identify opportunities in the textile clothing and footwear market
  • Coordinate or set up machine/s for product change
  • Participate in product engineering
  • Install and commission process and machine control programs
  • Analyse product and determine machine settings
  • Set and modify machines for product change
  • Design production tooling
  • Contribute to the development of products or processes
  • Undertake textile colouration and finishing
  • Perform engineering measurements
  • Perform computations
  • Plan to undertake a routine task
  • Assist in the provision of on the job training
  • Operate computing technology in a textile clothing and footwear workplace
  • Perform spinning operations
  • Perform tufting operations
  • Perform creeling operations
  • Operate a weaving loom
  • Perform knitting operations
  • Apply finishing processes to textile production
  • Weigh and check textile materials and products
  • Load and operate dyeing equipment
  • Apply competitive manufacturing practices
  • Manage the impact of change on own work
  • Apply quick changeover procedures
  • Apply Just in Time (JIT) procedures
  • Apply cost factors to work practices
  • Interpret product costs in terms of customer requirements
  • Apply 5S procedures in a manufacturing environment
  • Monitor process capability
  • Use planning software systems in manufacturing

Please note that this Job & Training Description provides an example of the selection of non-core units. Alternative combinations of units may be selected and in some cases prerequisite units may need to be completed. For advice contact Apprenticeship Network providers or an approved Registered Training Organisation.

Job Pathways

Textiles, Clothing and Footwear

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This occupation fits generally with these groupings

Industry Group
Manufacturing & Production

Work Type
Analytic & Scientific
Creative & Artistic
Practical & Manual

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Employment and wage data for this industry

Commencements Change

The change in Australian Apprenticeships commencements in this overall industry in the past two years. Commencements in 2018: 71

Source: VOCSTATS, extracted on 27/06/2019. AATIS analysis.

Graduate Employment

Australian Apprentice graduates from this overall industry in employment (in any industry).

Source: NCVER National Student Outcomes Survey, 2017, unpublished. AATIS analysis.

Graduate Wage

Average wage of Australian Apprentice graduates from this overall industry employed full-time after training.

Source: NCVER National Student Outcomes Survey, 2017, unpublished. AATIS analysis.

Industry Growth

Growth in employment in this overall industry in the past 5 years.

Source: Department of Jobs and Small Business, 2018. AATIS analysis.

Industry Size

The number of employees in this overall industry compared with other Australian industries.

Source: Department of Jobs and Small Business, 2018. AATIS analysis.

Industry Wage

Average wage of employees in this overall industry.

Source: Department of Jobs and Small Business, 2018. AATIS analysis.

Availability Information

Textile Technologist - LMT50407
Full Time

(Nominal Duration)

Part Time
Commencements 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Availability of Australian Apprenticeships and Nominal Duration (in months)

A Qualification registered by a State or Territory as available as an Australian Apprenticeship may not be eligible for public funding support, check with the relevant State or Territory Training Authority.

Nominal durations listed are for full time occupations, stated in months. In some cases nominal durations provided may not include the completion of pre-requisites. This data is sourced from State and Territory Training Authorities and is provided for information only and must be confirmed with these authorities.


Commencement data source: National Apprentices and Trainees collection, VOCSTATS, extracted 20/06/2019, rounded estimates for January 2018 to December 2018. This data is for general information purposes only.

Australian School-based Apprenticeships (ASbA)

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