Garment Technician Kaihangarau Pūeru

Garment technicians choose clothing fabrics and designs, and make sure clothes are made to quality standards.

Garment technicians may do some or all of the following:

  • choose clothing fabrics and designs
  • alter designs using computer programs, or work with designers to do this
  • ask patternmakers to change patterns
  • check the fit and fabric of clothing samples
  • check the quality of clothing being made and write reports on this
  • ensure suppliers, such as fabric vendors, send the right supplies on time
  • ensure clothing is made within budget
  • check clothing faults and follow up customer complaints about clothing.

Physical Requirements

Garment technicians need to have normal colour vision and good eyesight (with or without corrective lenses). 

Useful Experience

Useful experience for garment technicians includes work:

  • as a sewing machinist, cutter or patternmaker
  • as a clothing designer or textile designer
  • as a fashion buyer
  • in a clothing factory or workroom.

Personal Qualities

Garment technicians need to be:

  • good at communicating
  • persuasive and able to motivate people
  • good problem solvers
  • able to make good judgements
  • accurate, with an eye for detail
  • able to work well under pressure.

Useful Experience

Useful experience for garment technicians includes work:

  • as a sewing machinist, cutter or patternmaker
  • as a clothing designer or textile designer
  • as a fashion buyer
  • in a clothing factory or workroom.

Subject Recommendations

NCEA Level 3 is required to enter tertiary training. Useful subjects include design and visual communication (graphics), digital technologies, maths, processing technologies, and painting, sculpture, photography, printmaking combined.

Garment Technicians can earn around $39K-$45K per year per year.

Garment technicians may progress to become clothing designers, production managers or buyers.

Garment Technician

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