Pay for garment technicians varies depending on skills and experience.
New garment technicians usually earn minimum wage.
After one to three years' experience they usually earn up to $45,000 a year.
Intermediate garment technicians with four to six years' experience can earn between $45,000 and $60,000.
Senior garment technicians with additional responsibilities and more than seven years' experience can earn between $60,000 and $70,000.
Source : New Zealand Fashion Tech and Competenz, 2017.
This information is a guide only. )
What you will do
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.
Skills and knowledge
Garment technicians need to have knowledge of :
clothing design and garment construction
quality standards for clothing
how fabrics behave when sewn or dyed
testing standards for materials used in clothing
the New Zealand Fair Trade Act
clothing design software
Garment technicians :
usually work regular business hours, but may work longer hours to meet deadlines
usually work in offices located in studios, workshops or factories
may travel locally and overseas to visit manufacturers.
To become a garment technician you need to have a New Zealand Diploma in Fashion Technology (Level 5), which you can study through a course provider or apprenticeship.
Some course providers may require you to have the New Zealand Certificate in Fashion Technology (Level 3) and / or work experience before you can study for the diploma.
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 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 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.
Garment technicians need to have normal colour vision and good eyesight (with or without corrective lenses).