What do they do?
A Leather Technologist is involved in preparing, treating and finishing leather using chemical processes such as preserving the hide, removing hair and tissue from it, preparing it for tanning (using various chemicals and vegetable extracts to stop the leather from decaying), dyeing and drying, applying finishes to conceal surface flaws and provide protective coatings like for waterproofing.
A leather technologist’s other duties could include supervising operatives (workers) in the factory, researching, testing and sampling chemicals, dyes and products in the laboratory, monitoring waste and by-products to make sure that they fall within safety limits, writing research and operational reports for managers.
Leather Technology as growing sector
Skills and Education needed
- Technological bent of mind
- Knowledge of chemicals
- Good communication skills
- Managerial skills
- An interest and aptitude for science, particularly chemistry
- Good organisational and planning skills for projects and lab work
- Ability to work methodically and accurately
- Creativity for developing new ideas and solving problems
- Ability to analyse and interpret lab test results
- Some mechanical and engineering knowledge
- Good interpersonal skills
- A safety-conscious approach to work
How do I get there?
Take up science (preferably physics, chemistry and maths) in Class 11 and Class 12. Go for a BTech in leather technology from a recognised institution. Diploma courses in leather technology, too, are available. For better career prospects, you may go for a master’s degree.