Textile laboratory technician

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Textile laboratory technician is a recognized training occupation in Germany under the Vocational Training Act , the training of which is regulated by the ordinance on vocational training for textile laboratory technicians . Textile laboratory assistants can choose between the main areas of textile technology, textile finishing and textile chemistry in their training. In Switzerland, training is regulated analogously to the federal law on vocational training . Textile laboratory assistants work in laboratories in the textile industry .


The Vocational Training Act does not require a school leaving certificate for training as a textile laboratory technician, but strong scientific and mathematical knowledge is desirable. The training lasts three years in Switzerland and three and a half years in Germany and is carried out as a so-called dual training in the company and in the vocational school.


For their work, textile laboratory assistants need a wide variety of testing devices (such as viscometers to determine strength, pH meters for the pH value , pilot systems to go through the production processes, etc.). They test the fabrics and chemicals that are used in the company in various ways for their usability and properties.

Area of ​​responsibility

The tasks of textile laboratory technicians include ...

  • Incoming chemical controls performed on new chemicals to test their properties and potential uses
  • Incoming inspections of supplied third-party products and materials
  • Testing of new textile materials for processing options and areas of application
  • Random check of standard products for quality assurance
  • Recipes for special requirements
  • Processing of complaints
  • Re-patterning in order to achieve certain colors despite external influences such as fabric and light
  • Further development of products and manufacturing processes in order to reduce manufacturing costs and improve quality
  • Development of new products or product features
  • Evaluation and interpretation of all possible test results
  • Preparation of test reports and certificates for the goods
  • Controls according to the principles of environmental protection, safety and health protection (e.g. the wastewater is tested for formaldehyde emissions)


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