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Clothing Technologist/Manager

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€18k > 30
Clothing Technologist/Manager
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(thousands per year)*
€18 - 30
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Last Updated: March, 2017

* The lower figures typically reflect starting salaries. Higher salaries are awarded to those with greater experience and responsibility. Positions in Dublin sometimes command higher salaries.
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Clothing technologists and managers ensure that yarn, fibres and fabric are manufactured by the most cost effective and efficient methods, while maintaining quality standards.


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Tasks of a clothing technologist/manager include:

  • liasing with designers
  • adapting designs to suit production methods
  • making and sizing pre-production garments
  • sourcing fabrics and accessories
  • undertaking quality evaluations of materials and checking the quality of the final product
  • responding to product queries including complaints from wholesalers and customers

Clothing technologists make sure that garments meet quality standards, while being manufactured by the most efficient and cost effective methods. To do this, clothing technologists must understand how the manufacturing equipment works. They must also know about materials and their suitability for different purposes.  
 
Technologists check that all manufacturing processes are running smoothly and they try to solve problems as they arise. They have to investigate why production targets are not being met, or why there are high rejection rates from the quality control department.  
 
When the design department produces a new product, technologists are involved in discussions about what is needed to manufacture the product effectively. For instance, extra attachments to machinery may be needed or staff may need further training.  
 
Technologists then plan and monitor the test production of a limited number of garments. Finally, the technologist may decide to alter the design so that it can be produced at a lower cost. This has to be done without moving away from the original idea.


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You will need to be a skilful manager of people, demonstrating tact, diplomacy and persuasive skills when necessary. As a manager you must be able to give clear instructions and motivate staff to work precisely and consistently. A cheerful but firm, authoritative manner is necessary.  
 
You must be well organised, in order to make sure that time schedules are met. You will also need to be able to solve problems. You need to be able to work within agreed budgets, time frames and to plan and prioritise work. Managers need to understand the policies and priorities of their company.  
 
You should have skills in communication, being able to explain complex information to others.


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Organisation: Irish Clothing and Textile Alliance (ICATA)
Address: Confederation House, 84-86 Lower Baggot St., Dublin 2
Tel: (01) 605 1529/1580
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Organisation: Irish Clothing and Textile Alliance (ICATA)
Address: Confederation House, 84-86 Lower Baggot St., Dublin 2
Tel: (01) 605 1529/1580
Email: Click here
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