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Clothing Technologist

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Education
Most occupations in this zone require job specific training (vocational training) related to the occupation (NFQ Levels 5 and 6 or higher), related on-the-job experience, or a relevant professional award.

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These occupations usually involve using communication and organisational skills to coordinate, supervise, manage, or train others to accomplish goals. Examples include restaurant managers, electricians, agricultural technicians, legal secretaries, hairdressers, and web developers.

€18k > 30
Clothing Technologist/Manager
Salary Range
(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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At a Glance... header image

Ensures 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:

  • liaising 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.


Tasks & Activitiesheader image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported tasks and activities for this occupation

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Adhere to all applicable regulations, policies, and procedures for health, safety, and environmental compliance.

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Inspect finished products for quality and adherence to customer specifications.

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Set up and operate production equipment in accordance with current good manufacturing practices and standard operating procedures.

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Calibrate or adjust equipment to ensure quality production, using tools such as calipers, micrometers, height gauges, protractors, or ring gauges.

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Set up and verify the functionality of safety equipment.

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Monitor and adjust production processes or equipment for quality and productivity.

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Troubleshoot problems with equipment, devices, or products.

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Test products or subassemblies for functionality or quality.

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Plan and lay out work to meet production and schedule requirements.

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Start up and shut down processing equipment.

Work Activities header image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported work activities in this occupation.

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Controlling Machines and Processes: Using either control mechanisms or direct physical activity to operate machines or processes (not including computers or vehicles).

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Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge: Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.

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Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings: Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems.

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Thinking Creatively: Developing, designing, or creating new applications, ideas, relationships, systems, or products, including artistic contributions.

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Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates: Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.

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Handling and Moving Objects: Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things.

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Repairing and Maintaining Mechanical Equipment: Servicing, repairing, adjusting, and testing machines, devices, moving parts, and equipment that operate primarily on the basis of mechanical (not electronic) principles.

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Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships: Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.

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Drafting, Laying Out, and Specifying Technical Devices, Parts, and Equipment: Providing documentation, detailed instructions, drawings, or specifications to tell others about how devices, parts, equipment, or structures are to be fabricated, constructed, assembled, modified, maintained, or used.

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Making Decisions and Solving Problems: Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.


Knowledge header image

The following is a list of the five most commonly reported knowledge areas for this occupation.

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Mechanical: Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.

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Production and Processing: Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.

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Engineering and Technology: Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.

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Mathematics: Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.

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Design: Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.


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The following is a list of the most commonly reported skills used in this occupation.

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Operation Monitoring: Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.

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Troubleshooting: Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.

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Equipment Maintenance: Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed.

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Quality Control Analysis: Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.

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Monitoring: Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

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Active Listening: Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

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Repairing: Repairing machines or systems using the needed tools.

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Reading Comprehension: Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

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Critical Thinking: Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

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Operation and Control: Controlling operations of equipment or systems.

Personal Qualitiesheader image

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. 

You should have skills in communication and be 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
Url Click here

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