Textile chemistry


Chemical processing of textiles such as the reactions of textiles to chemicals.

Alternative labels

chemistry for the production of textiles
textile chemical processing
chemical processing of textile materials
chemistry for textiles
chemistry applied to textile
chemistry applied to textile materials
chemical processing of textile

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Relationships with occupations

Essential knowledge

Textile chemistry is an essential knowledge of the following occupations:

Nonwoven filament machine operator: Nonwoven filament machine operators perform chemical nonwoven processing operations.
Textile chemical quality technician: Textile chemical quality technicians perform chemical laboratory tests on textile materials and products. They interpret results and support colouration and finishing of textiles.
Finishing textile technician: Finishing textile technicians perform operations related to setting up finishing processes. The finishing processes are the final series of operations that improves the appearance and/or usefulness of textiles.
Textile dyeing technician: Textile dyeing technicians perform operations related to setting up dyeing processes.
Printing textile technician: Printing textile technicians perform operations related to setting up the printing processes.
Textile chemist: Textile chemists coordinate and supervise chemical processes for textiles like yarn and fabric forming such as dyeing and finishing.
Textile colourist: Textile colourists prepare, develop and create colours for textile applications.
Textile finishing machine operator: Textile finishing machine operators operate, supervise, monitor and maintain the production of textiles finishing machines.

Optional knowledge

Textile chemistry is optional for these occupations. This means knowing this knowledge may be an asset for career advancement if you are in one of these occupations.

Textile designer: Textile designers conceptualise textile products considering visual communication and functional performance.
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.
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.
Textile process controller: Textile process controllers perform textile process operations, technical functions in various aspects of design, production and quality control of textile products, and cost control for processes. They use computer aided manufacturing (CAM), and computer integrated manufacturing (CIM) tools in order to ensure conformity of entire production process to specifications. They compare and exchange individual processes with other departments (e.g cost calculation office) and initiate appropriate actions. They analyse the structure and properties of raw materials used in textiles and assist to prepare specifications for their production, analyse and interpret test data.
Textile quality inspector: Textile quality inspectors ensure that the manufactured of textile products is compliant with predetermined specifications.
Textile dyer: Textile dyers tend dye machines making sure that the setting of machines are in place. They prepare chemicals, dyes, dye baths and solutions according to formulas. They make samples by dyeing textiles and calculating the necessary formulas and dyes all kind of yarn or and textiles.
Screen making technician: Screen making technicians engrave or etch screens for textile printing. 




  1. Textile chemistry – ESCO


Last updated on September 20, 2022

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