Technical Services Officer: Constructed Textiles

5 days left

£26,537 - £28,143 per year Pro Rata
05 Sep 2016
03 Oct 2016
Engineering, Design
Contract Type
Full Time

Job Summary

We seek a committed and enthusiastic person to join our dynamic team in Gray’s School of Art.

The successful candidate will offer well-developed technical skills in both knit and mixed-media textiles, and will primarily be responsible for the efficient operation of knit facilities, together with sewing and embroidery machinery.  They will be responsible for the maintenance of the workshops equipment, the organisation of the yarn store and supporting the constructed textile output of students’ coursework. Experience in traditional and semi-industrial knit and stitch techniques (e.g. hand-knitting, domestic machines and V-beds, domestic sewing machines etc.) and of supporting digital software for knit and embroidery output. As well as being able to demonstrate a range of traditional constructed textiles techniques and processes it is desirable that candidates will also be able to support garment construction and pattern-making for knitwear. An understanding of relevant software such as Designaknit and Adobe Illustrator would also be desirable but is not essential.
We are seeking a committed team worker who understands the specific requirements and culture of technical services in design and art education.

Job Description

RESPONSIBLE TO:  Technical Services Co-ordinator

RESPONSIBLE FOR: No supervisory responsibility

PURPOSE OF POST: The Constructed Textiles Technician will provide a comprehensive workshop support service to staff and students across a range of courses.


Instruction and demonstration in the use of domestic and semi-industrial knitting, sewing and needle punching machines to staff and students as necessary

First line maintenance and operation of specialist constructed textiles equipment and resources

Budget and order materials for the constructed textiles facilities to ensure a cost efficient and consistent service.

Demonstrate correct procedures and safe working practices to comply with health and safety regulations.

Be responsible for the upkeep and maintenance of knitting and constructed textiles machines to a workable order

Be responsible for stocktaking, control and ordering of yarns and knit machinery

Establish good constructed workroom and yarn store practices

Provide support and expertise for students and staff in constructed textiles, knit and mixed media and yarn dyeing

Responsible to the technical services coordinator and have the ability to work individually and as part of a team.

Assist with the construction of Degree Shows and other School Exhibitions

A Disclosure Scotland check will be requested for the successful applicant.

Closing Date: 3rd October 2016

Person Specification


Qualifications and Professional Memberships

HNC in Constructed Textiles or related discipline

Knowledge and Experience

Operation and maintenance of domestic and semi-industrial knit machines

Operation and maintenance of domestic sewing machines

Knitting and mixed media techniques (hand and machine)

Technical experience in CAD/CAM knitting (including V bed flat knitting machines) and embroidery production

Intermediate MS Office

Elementary Email

Elementary Internet


Qualifications and Professional Memberships

Degree in Constructed Textiles or related discipline

Knowledge and Experience

Operation and maintenance of digital embroidery equipment

Experience of working in a design or art establishment

Experience of garment pattern making and knitwear construction


Intermediate Adobe Photoshop

Intermediate Adobe Illustrator


Behaviour 1: Service Delivery - Experience of exploring and adapting a service to meet customers’ expectations and also identifying ways of improving standards 

Behaviour 2: Communication - Ability to receive, understand and convey information requiring careful explanation and information of a complex or conceptual nature, in a clear and accurate manner

Behaviour 3: Decision Making - Experience of using own judgement to make decisions, making collaborative decisions with others to reach conclusions and providing advice or information that will influence the decisions of others

Behaviour 4: Initiative and Problem Solving - Experience of using initiative and creativity to resolve problems, identifying practical and suitable solutions

See also:
Technical Services Officer - Constructed Textiles - September 2016.pdf