Department of Textile & Clothing

NTU Karachi campus has been established at Synthetic Fibre Development and Application Centre (SFDAC) Karachi. This Centre was established in March 1994 by the Federal Government in collaboration with UNDP/UINDO, to help the industry especially in the promotion of Export of value added textiles. Later, in order to meet Eco and environmental parameters imposed by Germany and European Union on textile goods imported in these countries, ECO textile laboratories were setup at SFDAC. The Centre provides services to industry in areas such as product and human resource development, quality control/testing of materials, evaluation of textile products meant for export. Textile industry in Pakistan is one of the most important sectors of our economic activity and has great socio-economic significance being the largest employment provider. 

 

The Department has a pilot polyester fibre plant which is only one of its kind in the country. 

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Department of Textile and Clothing offers following degree programs.

  1. Bachelor of Textile Engineering
  2. Bachelor of Fashion Design
  3. BS in Textile Management & Marketing

The Building: 

SFDAC has a custom building with a covered area of about seventy thousand (70,000) square feet. Building is equipped with necessary resources to carry out the needs of textile engineering courses and other practical demonstration requirements. The building comprises of lecture rooms, conference room and industrial size textile spinning plant, polyester plant, textile physical laboratories, textile chemical laboratories, library and other allied facilities. 

Synthetic Fibre Department: 

Department is a specialized unique facility for students to understand synthetic fibre production technique. It consists of polyester fibre spinning plant and fibre after treatment / stretching plant. Polyester fibre spinning plant consists of melt spinning equipments. Chips are used as raw materials, it is dried to remove residual moisture, melted and passes through spinneret on hitting cool air, filaments are solidified and subsequently wound on package with the help of a winder. 

For converting filaments into staple fibre, several sets of filaments are brought together with the help of creel. These are heated and drown several times compare to their original length. Drown to scrimp, dried and heat set. The tow is cut into required staple length with the help of cutter. 

Textile Department: 

Department consists of industrial size machine for manufacturing of yarn from cotton, synthetic fibres and their blends. Spinning department consist of two blow room lines and one line for processing cotton fibres. This line consists of opening and cleaning machines. Second blow room line is capable of processing synthetic fibres. Special features of blow-room are the unique blending system for blending natural and manmade fibre through vertical weighing shote system. Fibre passes through the spinning line and yarn is produced with the help of ring frame after passing through carding machine, drawing frame and roving frame. Yarn produced at ring frame goes to automatic winding machine which transfers the yarn in the shape of cone. The prepared cones are fed to a shuttle less loom. Loom converts the yarn into fabric. 

Laboratories 

Quality control department is equipped with state-of-the-art testing equipment.  

Laboratories consist of  

Chemical testing laboratory undertakes tests such as molecular weight determination, intrinsic polymer viscosity, crystallinity , moisture in spin finish contents, Azo dyes and other related tests. 

Physical testing laboratory has the capabilities of determining physical properties of textile material that include strength, elongation, tenacity, crimp, crimp stability, count, twist, and imperfections of filament and spun yarn. Uniformity of filament, spun yarn, roving and sliver can be tested. Facilities for testing dimensional stability, pilling, abrasion resistance is also present. Various color fastness tests of fabric, garment and denim. All the tests are conducted according to international standards such as ASTM, AATCC, BS, DIN and ISO etc. 

Eco-textile laboratory comprises of sophisticated and state-of-the-art equipment covering wide range of Oeko-tex standard 100 tests. 

 Equipment: 

  • Analytical  
  • Rheology 
  • Optical 
  • Material Testing 
  • Dyeing/Printing/Finishing 
  • General 
  • Department Of Garment Engineering 

Department Of Garment Engineering 

Department of garment engineering have state of art facilities for designing and processing activities. Labs are equipped with different type of modern industrial sewing machines. Flat and circular knitting machines provide hand on experience and students are trained on these specialized units. These skills provided a boost to our graduate engineers in the apparel industry. 

Career Prospects: 

Textile engineering graduates find the excellent job opportunities in the textile and related sectors of Pakistan. The graduates normally start their career as process engineer, researcher, production and planning manager/supervisor, technical sales and quality control. Buying houses are also offering jobs to textile engineers as they have a better understanding of fabric construction techniques & material. Apart from joining industrial firms and manufacturing units after graduating, they can also start further studies abroad and in other institutions of the country.