Profession textile, leather and footwear researcher

Textile, leather and footwear researchers combine knowledge of material sciences, chemistry, physics, process technologies, management, and engineering to contribute to future innovations within the fields of textile, wearing apparel, leather, and footwear. They collaborate in multidisciplinary projects in order to combine findings from a diverse array of science fields for product development.

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Personality Type

  • Investigative / Realistic
  • Realistic / Investigative

Knowledge

  • Chemistry

    The composition, structure, and properties of substances and the processes and transformations that they undergo; the uses of different chemicals and their interactions, production techniques, risk factors, and disposal methods.

  • Physics

    Have a wide background of physics which is the natural science that involves the study of matter and its motion through space and time, along with related concepts such as energy and force.

  • Research and development in textiles

    Development of new concepts through the use of scientific and other methods of applied research.

  • Textile materials

    Have a good understanding of the properties of different textile materials.

  • Health and safety in the textile industry

    The requirements, rules and applications of health and safety measures in the textile industry.

  • Challenging issues in the textile industry

    The efficiency aims and environmental issues posed by challenges in the textile industry.

Skills

  • Perform chemical experiments

    Perform chemical experiments with the aim of testing various products and substances in order to draw conclusions in terms of product viability and replicability.

  • Evaluate textile characteristics

    Evaluate textiles and their properties in order to manufacture products in conformity with specifications.

  • Distinguish accessories

    Distinguish accessories in order to determine differences among them. Evaluate accessories based on their characteristics and their application in wearing apparel manufacturing.

  • Manage scale-up experiments for manufacturing of products

    Managing scale-up processes and experimentation in the development of new products or the improvement of existing ones and subsequent transfer to main plant.

  • Test physical properties of textiles

    Evaluating the physical properties of textiles by using testing methods, normally in accordance with a standard; it includes fibre identification and trouble shooting.

  • Measure yarn count

    Be able to measure yarn length and mass to assess fineness of roving, sliver and yarn in different measuring systems.Also able to convert into the various numbering system such as tex, Nm, Ne, denier, etc.

  • Use textile finishing machine technologies

    Use textile finishing machine technologies that enable the coating or laminating of fabrics.

  • Distinguish fabrics

    Distinguish fabrics in order to determine differences among them. Evaluate fabrics based on their characteristics and their application in wearing apparel manufacturing.

  • Reduce environmental impact of footwear manufacturing

    Assess the environmental impact of footwear manufacture and minimise environmental risks. Reduce environmentally harmful work practices in different stages of the footwear manufacturing.

  • Conduct research on trends in design

    Conduct research on present and future evolutions and trends in design, and associated target market features.

  • Maintain work standards

    Maintaining standards of work in order to improve and acquire new skills and work methods.

  • Analyse experimental laboratory data

    Analyse experimental data and interpret results to write reports and summaries of findings

  • Monitor textile manufacturing developments

    Keep up to date with recent developments in textile manufacturing and processing techniques and technologies.

  • Seek innovation in current practices

    Search for improvements and present innovative solutions, creativity and alternative thinking to develop new technologies, methods or ideas for and answers to work-related problems.

Optional knowledge and skills

control textile process textile chemistry textile technologies manufacture nonwoven staple products textile marketing techniques portfolio management in textile manufacturing conduct textile testing operations textile finishing technology nonwoven machine technology dyeing technology

Common job titles

  • Fabric textile r&d research and development
  • Project based textile / print designer
  • Raw materials developer - nordstrom product group
  • Snb custom product specialist
  • Designer
  • Clothing mover and packer / customer service
  • Retail sales associate
  • Raw materials analyst
  • Sample room coordinator
  • Production coordinator - home textiles