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Flirt with fibre

education Updated: Sep 22, 2011 11:08 IST

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The lowdown
Textile technology involves the application of scientific and engineering principles to design and manufacture fibres, yarn, new finishes as well as controlling machinery. Based on the end-use, textile technologists tailor products for use in a wide range of sectors – apparel, sport, shipping (eg inflatables), defence, manufacturing, automotive, medical (sutures), paper-making, food, furniture, aerospace (parachute fabric), electrical engineering (metallic braids) etc

Clock Work
8.30am: Reach office. Check e-mail. Go on to the plant floor, Instruct workers about the day’s plans - the machines to be run and fabric to be produced
10.30am: Start documentation work of what fabric has been manufactured
12pm: Go to the plant floor
1pm: Have lunch
2pm: Check customer complaints. Analyse samples sent by clients
3pm: Prepare the daily production report
3.45pm: Meet boss to discuss new plans
4.30pm: Check fabrics on the floor
5.30pm: Set out for home

The payoff
IIT Delhi graduates earn Rs3 lakh to Rs3.5 lakh a year. Others in general make about Rs1.4 lakh a year

Skills/TRAITS
. An affinity for science
. Aptitude for handling machines
. An interest in fabrics
. Willingness to work hard, as the job involves visiting the plant and checking the fabric being produced

Getting There
You should take up science with physics, chemistry and maths in Class 12. After completing Class 12, opt for a bachelor’s programme in textile engineering/technology

Institutes
. IIT Delhi
www.iitd.ac.in
. Technological Institute of Textile and Sciences, Bhiwani (Haryana)
www.titsbhiwani.org
. DKTE Society’s Textile and Engineering Institute, Ichalkaranji (Maharashtra)
www.dktes.com
. Government College of Engineering and Textile Technology, Serampore
www.gcetts.org
. University of Mumbai
www.mu.ac.in

Pros and cons
. You do a niche job, so there is steady demand
. The degree can open doors in other indust
. You can become an entrepreneur
. Low pay if you stick to the core discipline

Research (in the industry) is opening up as well. Some of the big industries now have R&D divisions. Machine building is one area that will grow manifold
Kushal Sen, head, Department of Textile Technology, IIT Delhi