The study programme is implemented by the Department of Clothing and Textile Technologies of the Institute of Technology and Design of Textile Materials of the Faculty of Materials Science and Applied Chemistry, Riga Technical University (RTU). The study programme has been developed on the basis of the engineering study programme “Textile and Clothing Technology” by expanding the specialization possibilities according to market demand. The study programme foresees the opportunity of specializing in one of two study directions –Clothing construction (patternmaking) and Clothing technologies.
Students specializing in Clothing construction specialize in designing of and modeling of patterns for clothing, as well as specializing in CAD systems like Grafis, Lectra, Comtense. After graduating engineers – constructors mostly work in design department of patternmaking, as well in other departments where responsibilities are tied to the development of new products. The main duties of constructors are – designing and modeling of patterns for sewn products in accordance with sketches or pre-designs developed by designers; ensuring that the design developed by the garment meets the technological capabilities of the company’s production organization; development of constructive solutions for problems that are tangled up with clothing construction, changing their sizes and physically-mechanical properties of fabrics; design and maintenance of technical documentation of products.
Students in Clothing technologies specialization will in-depth learn clothing production technologies, equipment, production layout and workflow design, work organization methods, and tools for working time estimating. After graduating new specialists can work as engineers – technologists in all departments of clothing factory.
The general role of the clothing technologist is to handle garment production, making sure that the equipment is working efficiently, the production risks are minimized, and that the products being made are of good quality. In some cases, they work closely with the supplier of the fabrics and materials (to assess both the quality of materials and oversee the cost). In most cases, the clothing technologists also work with the designers and constructors to ensure that the proposed production method will effectively produce the garments as specified on the design.