Textile Engineering

The Textile Industry

Take a look around your house. What do you see? You probably see many things that are made from fabric, like curtains, furniture, flooring, and even the clothes in your closet. Fabric is such a big part of our lives that there’s an entire industry devoted to making it, known as the textile industry.

The textile industry is the industry responsible for taking either a man-made or natural fiber and spinning it into yarn, which is then woven or knitted into a fabric. The textile industry also has many other areas, such as design, research, manufacturing, and distribution of fabric. There are even individuals that work within the textile industry as textile engineers. Engineers are those professionals that create and design new structures, products, or systems, and textile engineers design, create processes and procedures for, and work with or invent equipment that makes fabric, yarn, and fiber. They focus on the sciences that pertain to all of the activities within the textile industry. Let’s now learn more about textile engineering.


The Department of Textile Engineering aims at being recognized internationally for its quality research, educational activities and its relationship with the environment. Its graduates will be acknowledged for the strength of their technical and practical knowledge, ability to work as a team and their vocation of service to society.

Program Educational Objectives (PEOs)

The Textile engineering program focuses on following Program Education Objectives to be achieved by its graduates:

Implement real-world applications making use of fundamental engineering knowledge, designs and managerial skills gained during the textile engineering program.

Generate innovative and sustainable solutions to complex engineering problems contributing to the textile industry.

Promote themselves through communication and interpersonal skills, career management strategies and the ability to deal with technological, socio-economical, environmental and ethical challenges.

Textile Engineering

The Textile Engineering Program is an interdisciplinary curriculum drawing on diverse science and engineering principles. Textile Engineering students develop a unique background, which allows them to pursue undergraduate research, summer internship experiences and design projects ranging from artificial blood vessel development to the design of novel water filtration units for remote villages to structures to protect astronauts from radiation while on the moon. The program offers small class sizes with personal attention from faculty. In addition, in the last three years graduates have had nearly 100 percent placement into full-time employment or graduate school. Compared to the rest of NC State, the Wilson College of Textiles has the highest percentage of students participating in its scholarship programs. Indeed, more than 50 percent of all textile engineering students receive scholarship support!

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