Profession textile product developer

Textile product developers innovate and perform product design of apparel textiles, home textiles, and technical textiles (e.g. agriculture, safety, construction, medicine, mobile tech, environmental protection, sports, etc.). They apply scientific and technical principles to develop innovative textile products.

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Personality Type

  • Artistic / Enterprising

Knowledge

  • Textile technologies

    Textile technologies to design, manufacture and evaluate the properties of textiles.

  • Health and safety in the textile industry

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

  • Textile marketing techniques

    Creating, communicating and delivering value to customers of textile products and services.

  • Challenging issues in the textile industry

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

  • Braiding technology

    Development, manufacturing requirements, properties and evaluation of braided fabrics.

  • Properties of fabrics

    The influence of chemical composition and molecular arrangement of yarn and fibre properties and fabric structure on the physical properties of textile fabrics; the different fibre types, their physical and chemical characteristics and different material characteristics; the materials used in different processes and the effect on materials as they are processed. 

  • Nonwoven machine technology

    Manufacturing of nonwoven fabrics according to specification. Development, manufacture, properties and evaluation of nonwoven fabrics.

  • Textile printing technology

    Addition of colour partially, according to the designed pattern, onto textile based materials. Processes for adding coloured patterns onto textile materials using printing machines and techniques (rotary of flat bed screen printing or others, heat transfer, inkjet, etc.).

  • Portfolio management in textile manufacturing

    The process of managing teams and projects in textile and clothing product development.

  • Research and development in textiles

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

Skills

  • Design weft knitted fabrics

    Developing structural and colour effects in weft knitted fabrics by using the weft knitting technique.

  • Use textile technique for hand-made products

    Using textile technique to produce hand-made products, such as carpets, tapestry, embroidery, lace, silk screen printing, wearing apparel, etc.

  • Distinguish fabrics

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

  • Decorate textile articles

    Decorate wearing apparels and made up textile articles by hand or using machines. Decorate textile articles with ornaments, braided cords, golden yarns, soutaches, jewellery, and cristals.

  • Conduct textile testing operations

    Prepare for textile testing and evaluation, gathering the test samples, conducting and recording tests, validating data and presenting results.

  • Design warp knit fabrics

    Developing structural and colour effects in warp knitted fabrics by using the warp knitting technique.

  • Draw sketches to develop textile articles

    Draw sketches to develop textiles or wearing apparel by hand. They create visualisations of the motives, patterns or products in order to be manufactured.

  • Design woven fabrics

    Designing and developing structural and colour effects in woven fabrics by using the weaving technique.

  • Distinguish accessories

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

  • 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.

  • Develop specifications of technical textiles

    Developing specifications for fibre based technical products with functional performances.

  • Draw sketches to develop textile articles using softwares

    Draw sketches to develop textiles or wearing apparel using softwares. They create visualisations of the motives, patterns or products in order to be manufactured.

  • Maintain work standards

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

  • Use textile finishing machine technologies

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

Optional knowledge and skills

knitting machine technology use warp knitting technologies develop textile colouring recipes test physical properties of textiles use weaving machine technologies use warp preparation technologies control textile process evaluate textile characteristics manufacture braided products finish processing of man-made fibres textile chemistry textile finishing technology check quality of products in textile production line

Common job titles

  • Raw materials developer - nordstrom product group
  • Product developer - home
  • Assistant raw materials developer - nordstrom product group
  • Converse associate product developer (digital apparel)
  • Product developer and technical designer
  • Footwear material developer ii
  • Product developer - womens and kids hosiery
  • Camelbak: product developer – hard goods
  • Senior trim developer- apparel
  • Footwear developer