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Colour 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.

Related Experience
Previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is required for these occupations. For example, electricians typically complete four years of training in order to perform the job.

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Colour Technologist
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Last Updated: March, 2013

* 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

Colour technologists research, develop and manage the production and application of dyes and pigments.


The Work header image

Colour technologists apply colorants (dyes and pigments) to products and materials. They may make the colorants themselves.  
 
While dyes have been used from very early times, advances over the last century have made the colour technologist's job highly technical and scientific.  
 
Colour technologists may work in research departments. Here, they develop new products, improve existing ones and investigate the use of cheaper raw materials. They also look for more efficient and environmentally safe processes. If time and budget permit, there may be room for more creative work.  
 
Before a new process or product is developed, colour technologists take into account safety, cost, manufacturing techniques and marketability. Repetitive testing over a long period of time is often a feature of development work. Colour technologists have to make sure the dyes and pigments they develop are colour fast. In the manufacture of products like paint, plastic and cosmetics, they can perform an analytical role ensuring accuracy of reproduction, application and durability.  
 
Colour technologists may work in technical sales and services departments. Here, they explain the product's uses, respond to the needs of the industry and deal with technical problems and queries.  
 
Dyeing or printing in the textile industry is usually specialist work. In other industries, coloration is a part of the manufacturing process and colour technologists have wider responsibilities. Colour Technologists are involved in most areas of manufacturing industry from cars to cosmetics.

 


Tasks & Activitiesheader image

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

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Monitor product quality to ensure compliance with standards and specifications.

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Compile and interpret results of tests and analyses.

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Set up and conduct chemical experiments, tests, and analyses, using techniques such as chromatography, spectroscopy, physical or chemical separation techniques, or microscopy.

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Conduct chemical or physical laboratory tests to assist scientists in making qualitative or quantitative analyses of solids, liquids, or gaseous materials.

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Provide and maintain a safe work environment by participating in safety programs, committees, or teams and by conducting laboratory or plant safety audits.

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Prepare chemical solutions for products or processes, following standardized formulas, or create experimental formulas.

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Maintain, clean, or sterilize laboratory instruments or equipment.

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Write technical reports or prepare graphs or charts to document experimental results.

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Provide technical support or assistance to chemists or engineers.

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Order and inventory materials to maintain supplies.

Work Activities header image

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

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

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

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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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Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards:  Using relevant information and individual judgment to determine whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.

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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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Documenting/Recording Information:  Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.

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


Knowledge header image

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

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

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Computers and Electronics:  Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

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

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


Skillsheader image

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

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Science:   Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.

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

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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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Speaking:   Talking to others to convey information effectively.

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Mathematics:   Using mathematics to solve problems.

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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.

Personal Qualitiesheader image

Good colour vision is vital to match shades, select colorants and choose between colours. You will need an enquiring and logical mind, and a high level of scientific knowledge. You will need good analytical skills. You should be able to work as part of a team.


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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: 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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