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Textile Fabrication Technician

Drexel University
Pennsylvania, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted Date
Jun 29, 2022

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Arts, Design & Graphic Arts, Communications, Digital Media, Administrative, Academic Affairs, Instructional Technology & Design (Campus), Business & Administrative Affairs, Computer Services & Information Technology, Technology Administration/Other
Employment Type
Full Time
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Job Summary

The mission of the Pennsylvania Fabric Discovery Center (PA FDC) housed within Drexel’s Center for Functional Fabrics (CFF) is to advance the design and manufacturing of integrated textile systems that will transform the way we work, live, and interact with the world. The PA FDC’s vision is to help lead innovation and fuel economic expansion in advanced manufacturing of functional fabrics across the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and more generally across the entire country. The PA FDC is a transdisciplinary center where teams from academia and industry work together to address the grand challenges of advanced manufacturing, digital fabrication, modeling, design, and rapid prototyping. This in turn will lead to the pilot production of new products that will stimulate the creation of a new industry: textiles that see, hear, emit, and transmit. Reporting to the Director, Pennsylvania Fabric Discovery Center (PA FDC) and the Center for Functional Fabrics (CFF), and part of the Innovation Team, the candidate for the Textile Fabrication Technician role should be highly motivated with experience in textile fabrication, an understanding of computerized textile technologies, traditional and non-traditional textile materials, and soft goods prototype development. This position works in transdisciplinary teams consisting of, but not limited to, industrial designers, material scientists, computer scientists, engineers, sociologists, mathematicians, physicists, students, and commercial partners for the development of the next generation of textiles with enhanced functionality. The Textile Fabrication Technician works collaboratively on funded research projects with subject matter experts to propose technical solutions and develop proofs of concept and prototypes through research, design ideation, textile fabrication using computer-controlled textile machinery programming, and sourcing traditional and non-traditional textile materials. In addition, the technician will also participate in internal and external project meetings, assist in developing progress updates and reports, and present to stakeholders. Although this position is highly collaborative, candidates should be able to work independently with limited oversight. This role is for makers and tinkerers comfortable working directly on industrial textile machinery, looking to broaden or deepen your experience with different fabrication methods.

Essential Functions
  • Support Innovation Team with design projects, experimentation, and fabrication including programming and operating industrial textile machinery for prototyping knit, woven, and/or embroidered textiles (system examples: Shima Seiki, Santoni, Lonati, Stoll, ZSK, Tajima, Comez, Karl Mayer, CCI)
  • Creating and visualizing ideas to produce designs by hand or using a computer-aided design system
  • Sourcing materials, tools, and equipment for project execution.
  • Research new industry innovations relevant to current and potential future projects
  • Assist in developing presentations and writing progress reports for funders and stakeholders, facilitating meetings, and making presentations
  • Assist in maintenance of equipment and manufacturing space
  • Additional duties and assignments as assigned
Required Qualifications
  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • 1 year of relevant professional textile fabrication or design experience; or equivalent combination of experience, education, and training
  • Specialized textile prototyping skills like computer-controlled knitting, weaving, embroidery, cut and sew methods, and other skills.
  • A flexible approach to new design concepts.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills including the ability to facilitate meetings, make effective presentations, and contribute to written reports and proposals.
  • Self-starter with ability to collaborate effectively in a team environment, both within projects and internally and externally at Drexel.
  • Ability to manage and prioritize multiple projects with strict deadlines.
  • Demonstrated ability to listen to and communicate with differing stakeholders.
  • Strong analytical skills and attention to detail.
  • Ability, especially under pressure, to be professional, courteous, and tactful
Preferred Qualifications
  • Bachelor’s degree in a design-related field and two - three years of relevant professional textile fabrication or design experience; or equivalent combination of experience, education, and training.
  • Knowledge of design software such as Adobe Creative Suite, Rhino, Solidworks, etc.
  • Experience with applied use of pattern making software such as Clo3D, Accumark Gerber, Lectra, Optitex, etc.
  • Knowledge of design software such as Adobe Creative Suite, Solidworks, etc.
  • Understand and contribute to technical specification documentation as well as a comprehension of the manufacturing process for functional fabrics.
  • Familiarity with both traditional and non-traditional textile materials.
  • Experience prototyping soft good products
Physical Demands
  • Typically sitting at a desk/table
  • Typically bending, crouching, stooping
  • Lifting demands ≤ 25lbs

University City, Philadelphia, PA

Additional Information

This position is classified as Exempt with a salary grade of J. For more information regarding Drexel’s Professional Staff salary structure,

Special Instructions to the Applicant

Please make sure you upload your CV/resume and cover letter when submitting your application.

Review of applicants will begin once a suitable candidate pool is identified.

Advertised:Jun 29 2022 Eastern Daylight Time
Applications close:Jul 29 2022 Eastern Daylight Time

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