Leather Technology

Leather Technology is a branch of engineering which deals with synthesis, production and refining of leather so that it can be put into efficient use. It also deals with the synthesis of artificial leather and its efficient use to make commercial goods. It is comparatively a new branch which is gaining importance in industrial sector. Leather Technology Courses in recent times have emerged as a lucrative career option. Until a few years ago, those who happened to be in the industry were there through experience rather than through any formal training. But now, in India, scores of institutes are offering certificate as well as diploma courses in designing as well as in production, adding a much needed professionalism to this industry.
 
Eligibility :
 
UG : 
 
For admission into a bachelor’s degree, the candidate must have passed Intermediate 10+2 examination or its equivalent, and qualify the IIT-JEE, AIEEE, or other state entrance exams for admission.
 
Job Prospects :
 
Job prospects are quite attractive for those who have excellent designing skills combined with mental ability and artistic finesse. Moreover, creativity with uniqueness adds value to the skills of the leather designer and he can reach out to clients with such skills. Coming up with fresh ideas, concepts and designs are some key characteristics required in a leather designer. The Indian leather industry is growing at fast pace and can accommodate any number of professionals.
 
India is a leading exporter of leather and leather products and numerous export houses employ technical and non-technical persons. Leather technologists with their ideas and dexterity to convert ideas in form can bag attractive jobs in leather companies. As new multinationals are coming to India, the leather industry is poised to become a hi-tech industry and those who are qualified in leather technology would get preference over rest.
 
Jobs ranging from designing footwear and accessories like belts, bags, purses and caps to toys, upholstery, baggage, musical instruments, garment tags, gift items, etc are umpteen in various export houses. Leather technologists can get jobs in chemical and engineering industries involved in the manufacturing of items such as bags, suitcases, upholstery, footballs and cricket balls, car and aircraft seats, hydraulic seals, gaskets, etc.
 
Package : 
 
Compensation packages in leather industry are highly dependent upon the skills. Most of the companies are in private sector, therefore, the companies pay according to their comfort and availability of human resource or the game of supply and demand. Whereas big multinational companies pay attractive salaries, small companies are frugal. However, situation is expected to change down the years as multinationals are setting up their bases in India. A young leather technologist can expect a starting pay package between of Rs 10,000 per month.
 
 

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