What should I study after textile engineering

Dual study of textile and clothing technology

Companies that design fashion, manufacture or sell textiles need skilled staff who are well versed in the technical aspects. Depending on the exact field of activity, it involves the design and operation of large machines, the refinement of materials, the planning of production processes or the testing of materials and monitoring of quality standards.

Textile technicians deal, for example, with the production of synthetic fibers or the processing of natural fibers into fabrics and yarns as well as their dyeing and finishing. Clothing technicians ensure that materials are further processed into textile products such as clothing, home textiles (pillows, tablecloths, towels, etc.) or other technical textiles. They take care of their production and checking their quality. All of this has to do with chemistry and technology, but also with the general organization of processes. Depending on the company and course of study, you will get to know very different areas of the textile industry!

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Before you can apply for a dual study place in the field of textile and clothing technology, you should check whether you meet the necessary requirements.

Requirements of companies and universities

Regardless of whether you are applying to a company or a university, the basic requirement for admission to the dual study program is the general one University entrance qualification (Abitur) or the University entrance qualification (High school diploma).

Many companies add further criteria. They prefer applicants with an above-average school leaving certificate or at least good grades in the main subjects. Maths or other natural sciences in particular can be decisive, as a technical degree requires skills in this area. Universities also sometimes check very carefully whether the applicant fits - an aptitude test is standard at many universities.

If you want to know how the application process works, take a look at our post Application for a dual study program. In it, we explain how the selection process works and what you have to consider when enrolling at the university.

Personal requirements

Since dual courses of study in the field of textile technology are oriented towards engineering, the natural science subjects at school should be among your favorite. An affinity for technology, a good understanding of math and an analytical mindset are absolutely required.

The course content is mainly technology-oriented. You will learn everything about the manufacture of fashion and textiles, starting with material science, assessing quality, finishing techniques and production technologies.

Depending on the degree program, the following overarching topics may appear in your timetable:

  • Clothing technology
  • Product development
  • Textile technologies
  • Assembly technology
  • Mathematics and technical drawing
  • Pattern design
  • Textile management
  • Clothing management
  • Information technology

The topics are usually linked to engineering aspects, but some are also linked to basic business knowledge. So you should be aware that a dual degree in clothing and textile technology not only has to do with the dazzling world of fashion, but math, chemistry, physics or computer science are also on the curriculum. Because it is precisely this knowledge that you need to become an expert in thread technology, yarn production, dyeing, technical drawing or technical textiles.

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Salary (during the dual study)

The fact that you get a salary in the dual study program is a great advantage and makes it a lot easier to finance your studies. The dual students can consider themselves particularly lucky, whose companies still pay the tuition fees and / or pay additional subsidies (housing allowance, travel expenses, book allowance etc.)

But what exactly do you earn during a dual study of textile and clothing technology? This is not exactly easy to find out, as most companies hardly provide any information and only clarify this question during the interview. In the engineering field, you should be able to expect at least 700 euros per month in the first year of study, with large companies maybe even around 1,000 euros. As a rule, the salary is then adjusted upwards for each academic year.

Collective agreements for trainees can give a clue. If you do a dual course of study that integrates training, your earnings should correspond to that of the “normal” trainees. Production mechanics in the textile sector earn 923 euros in the first year of training, 1,002 euros in the second year of training and 1,086 euros in the third year of training (as of April 2020).

A dual study is not the same as a dual study. There are different study and time models offered by companies and universities. If you are not yet familiar with it, you should definitely read our detailed guideStudy models and our article tooTime models read.

Career and professional prospects

One thing in advance: a dual course of study promises excellent prospects. Many companies take their dual students on straight after they graduate; after all, they have invested a lot of money in their training. If you make an effort in the dual course of study, you can save yourself the subsequent nerve-wracking job search and take on exciting positions in your training company.

Fields of activity of textile and clothing technicians

Textile and clothing technicians are also often called textile and clothing engineers. They work in the textile industry, i.e. everywhere where textiles are manufactured, but also in related companies in the dye or chemical fiber industry. What exactly you will do later depends primarily on your previous education in the dual study program and, of course, your own interests. You can work in management, as a production mechanic, in plant management, in quality management or as a laboratory assistant. By the way, dual graduates often acquire management positions very quickly.

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