Senior Knitwear Technician
Technician roles are found in every imaginable industry and sector – even in fashion. Jane is a Senior Technician at Nottingham Trent University (NTU), training and supporting the nation’s next generation of fashion and textile designers.
“In my current technician role at NTU I have two hats. One is teaching and the other is working with students to realise their fabric and garment ideas.”
Jane specialises in knitwear and enthusing students and colleagues about her passion provides a constant source of inspiration. She completed a degree in Textile and Knitwear Technology and has stayed with knitwear ever since. Over the years she has perfected her skills and technical knowledge in a range of roles which she now applies as a Senior Technician.
“I’m really interested in the technical aspects of knitwear and textile design. I have expertise in using specialist knitting machines and design software, and I was even lucky enough to undertake training in Japan.”
Jane shares her knowledge with students daily. “The majority of students are not able to programme the machines, so I encourage them to do as much as they can using design software. I then take over and create the programme that controls the knitting machine.”
The result? Expertly produced fabrics. “Some fabrics are very simple to programme and knit such as jacquard, whereas others can be very complex and time consuming.”
Jane loves the diversity of her role. “Such variety keeps me on my toes. I am always learning and developing my programming skills. Every day is full of inspiration and creativity.”
Jane's career pathway
- 1992 Complete a BSc degree in Textile and Knitwear Technology with Design, started working as a Knitwear Designer, working her way up with several employers
- 2001 Began a new role as Senior Technical Knitwear Instructor at the University of the West of England
- 2010 Started an MA in Fashion Knitwear Design at Nottingham Trent University
- 2015 Began role as Senior Technician at Nottingham Trent University
- 2010 MA Fashion Knitwear Design at Nottingham Trent followed by a PhD. She learnt to programme Shima Seiki industrial knitting machines as part of her studies, and won a bursary which enabled her to go to Japan for 2 weeks of training
- 2016 Completed a Knitwear Design PhD at Nottingham Trent University