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Leather Technologist Careers

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Work Environment:

Leather technologists work on the various phases of leather production. This should include preparing and processing leather utilizing chemical processes like:

  • Fleshing and liming: removing tissue and hair from hide
  • Curing: conserving the hide, by biochemical, salting or chilling techniques

  • Bating and de-liming: neutralizing alkalis created in preceding phase with enzymes
  • Degreasing and pickling: getting the hide ready for tanning, and utilizing solvents to remove excess grease
  • Tanning: utilizing different vegetable and chemical extracts to prevent leather from decomposing
  • Dyeing and drying: coloring and automatically drying leather
  • Finishing: laying finishes to cover up flaws of surface and give protective coverings such as waterproofing

As a leather technologist, your tasks could comprise:

  • Sampling, researching and testing products, chemicals and dyes within the lab
  • Writing operational and research reports and statements for managers
  • Administering operatives within the factory
  • Checking by-products and waste to ensure that they're in safety-limits
You may work within quality-control, examining leather before sending it to manufacturers. This should usually include grading and measuring leather as per client requirements, e.g. by finish, softness and color.

Qualification, Education and Experience:

You might be capable to begin by a scheme of footwear and leather goods Trainee ship, or in laboratory or manufacturing operations. The availability of Trainee ships within your region will rely on regional employment market and the kind of abilities employers want from employees.

Then again, you can acquire a qualification provided by the BSLT (British School of Leather-Technology). And their BTEC: Course into Leather-Technology would improve your knowledge and skills to get into this profession.

The BSLT (British School of Leather-Technology) also provides postgraduate or degrees courses into Leather-Technology. For further information and course admission requirements, check the website of BSLT.

You might be capable to gain experience and skills required by getting work in testing or research within a lab, with a qualification into Applied Science.

Training Details:

When you're employed, your company/employer might support you to acquire First to Fourth levels NVQ into Laboratory and Associated Technical-Activities. You can also take Second/Third level Certificate into Footwear and Leather, or First to Third levels Certificate into Laboratory Technical Skills.

Being a qualified leather technologist, you can acquire the 1 year Leather-sellers Certificate provided through University of Northampton. This training course is planned for persons working within the industry, and merges study of leather making with management, leather science, and related subjects.

There are also different short courses provided by the BLC: Leather-Technology center intended for technical staff working in leather producing. Visit the BLC site, for further information.

By acquiring professional development awards provided by the SLTC (Society of Leather Technologists and Chemists), you can develop your career perspective. Check the website of SLTC, for further information.

Skills and knowledge:

  • A security-conscious manner to work
  • Capability to work precisely and systematically
  • Excellent team working abilities
  • Excellent planning and organizational abilities for laboratory and projects work
  • Capability to scrutinize and interpret laboratory test results
  • An ability and interest into science, specifically chemistry
  • Engineering and mechanical understanding
  • Creativeness for resolving issues and developing newer ideas

Salary and Other Benefits:

  • Initial remunerations for leather technologist can be about $15,000 to $19,000 for a year.
  • By experience earnings can boost to around $21,000 to $27,000.
  • Annual earnings of senior technologists can be above $31,000.

Working Conditions:

Generally, you'd work from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., on weekdays. Few firms might carry out a shift schedule that comprises weekends and evenings.

You'd be working within a laboratory, factory or workshop. Several processes include dealing with dangerous chemicals, thus you'd utilize protective equipment and clothing.

Different Opportunities:

You can discover work chances with leather manufacturers all through the UK. You can also discover work opportunities within engineering and chemical industries, footwear industry, and with producers of leather products, creating sports equipment, luggage, vehicle upholstery, and furniture.

Employment openings are publicized by company websites, regional press and Directgov site. Check the website of the Leather Connection, for a directory of leather production firms.

By experience you can advance to associated posts such as buyer, production manager, technical salesperson, or company chemist.


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