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Colour Technician, Textiles

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At a Glance... header image

Using chemical and technical knowledge dyeing technicians make sure that textiles, yarns and fibres are dyed to customers requirements.


The Work header image

Dyeing technicians make sure that textiles are dyed correctly and meet customers' requirements.  
 
In the laboratory, the dyeing technician measures out dyes and chemicals in a powder or liquid form, to produce suitable recipes for initial dyeing of a small sample of textile. They then compare strength and shade of dye to make sure it matches a given sample.  
 
As different types of materials require different treatments, technicians decide on the dyes and processes to use. They also carry out tests for analysis of chemicals, colour matching and to see if the dyed samples are colour fast. Computers and analytical instruments are often used for these tests.  
 
Dyeing technicians have to keep records of the recipes and processes used for each order. They may also have to choose and order dyestuffs and chemicals. They are usually responsible to the laboratory supervisor, and may also have contact with other technicians and dyehouse operatives.  
 
Quality control is an important aspect of the work and many companies work towards the recognised quality targets.  
 
The dyeing technician may also be required to clean equipment and help to maintain the laboratory.  
 
Protective clothing and coverings may have to be worn because of the potentially hazardous chemicals, fumes and dust.

 


Tasks & Activitiesheader image

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

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Add dyes, water, detergents, or chemicals to tanks to dilute or strengthen solutions, according to established formulas and solution test results.

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Notify supervisors or mechanics of equipment malfunctions.

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Adjust equipment controls to maintain specified heat, tension, and speed.

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Observe display screens, control panels, equipment, and cloth entering or exiting processes to determine if equipment is operating correctly.

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Prepare dyeing machines for production runs, and conduct test runs of machines to ensure their proper operation.

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Monitor factors such as temperatures and dye flow rates to ensure that they are within specified ranges.

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Start and control machines and equipment to wash, bleach, dye, or otherwise process and finish fabric, yarn, thread, or other textile goods.

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Examine and feel products to identify defects and variations from coloring and other processing standards.

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Record production information such as fabric yardage processed, temperature readings, fabric tensions, and machine speeds.

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Test solutions used to process textile goods to detect variations from standards.

Work Activities header image

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

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

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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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Processing Information:  Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or verifying information or data.

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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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Performing General Physical Activities:  Performing physical activities that require considerable use of your arms and legs and moving your whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling of materials.

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Getting Information:  Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.

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Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events:  Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.

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Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material:  Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials to identify the cause of errors or other problems or defects.

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Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work:  Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.


Knowledge header image

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

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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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Chemistry:  Knowledge of the chemical composition, structure, and properties of substances and of the chemical processes and transformations that they undergo. This includes uses of chemicals and their interactions, danger signs, production techniques, and disposal methods.

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Public Safety and Security:  Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.

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

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English Language:  Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.


Skillsheader image

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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Operation and Control:   Controlling operations of equipment or systems.

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

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Coordination:   Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.

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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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Writing:   Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.

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Speaking:   Talking to others to convey information effectively.

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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.

Personal Qualitiesheader image

You will need to have good colour appreciation and your colour vision may be tested. You will be required to perform tasks accurately and safely.  
 
Up-to date computer skills are useful, as many laboratory and dyehouse processes are becoming increasingly computerised.


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Contactsheader image

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Organisation: Society of Dyers and Colourists
  Address: Perkin House 82 Grattan Road, Bradford, West Yorks, BD1 2JB, UK
  Tel: +44 (0)1274 725138
  Email: Click here
  Url Click here

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Organisation: Oil and Colour Chemistry Association (OCCA)
  Address: Priory House, 967 Harrow Road, Wembley, HAO, 2SF, UK
  Tel: +44 (0)208 908 1086
  Email: Click here
  Url Click here

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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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Organisation: Design & Craft Council of Ireland
  Address: Castle Yard, Kilkenny
  Tel: (056) 77 61804
  Email: Click here
  Url Click here

 

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