Textile technology & aeronautic composites

What is it about?

Textile materials are those made of interlocking bundles of yarns (fibres) that are often made by techniques such as  weavingknittingfeltingbonding, braiding and more. Its applications can be extensively found in clothing, and manufacturing of composite materials.

Composites are materials produced from 2 or more constituent materials that have unique physical and chemical properties. Examples include:

3D braiding carbon-fibre composites

Skills you will learn

Degree / Research skills (depends on how you specialise):

  • Manufacturing techniques (e.g., textile assembly & resins)
  • Material testing techniques (e.g., tensile, stress forces)
  • Software:
    • Python (general programming)
    • MATLAB (lab processing & modelling)
    • Solidworks or other CAD (computer aided design)

Other skills:

  • Research skills: literature, hypothesis, methodology, interpretation of results, discussion and conclusion
  • Problem solving skills (similar to engineering)
  • Team and presentation skills

Tips for taking this course

About yourself (my recommended traits):

  • Similar to many engineering degrees, enjoy physics, maths and chemistry
  • Be interested in technological advancements facilitated by materials and their manufacturing/design
  • Be comfortable problem-solving – likely the most important trait to have

Preparation for university resources:

Real engineering YouTube channel
Economist – learn about future innovations in material technologies

Career paths

The core knowledge & skills these degrees prepare you with are highly applicable to engineering and manufacturing, but also a wide variety of careers due to strong problem-solving skills you will develop.
This specialisation fits into many industries including aviation, automotive, tech product development, fashion, etc. Due to skills, they graduates also fit into financial, IT, consultancy careers.

Scientific careers

  • Academic research
  • Modelling scientist
  • Data scientist
  • Manufacturing design
  • Lab technicians
  • Material testing
  • Programmers

Other careers

  • Consultancy
  • IT specialists
  • Financial modelling



Written by Ruiyan Zhuang

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