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Career Details :: Shoe and Leather Workers and Repairers
Construct, decorate, or repair leather and leather-like products, such as luggage, shoes, and saddles.
Some previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience may be helpful in these occupations, but usually is not needed. For example, a drywall installer might benefit from experience installing drywall, but an inexperienced person could still learn to be an installer with little difficulty.
These occupations usually require a high school diploma and may require some vocational training or job-related course work. In some cases, an associate's or bachelor's degree could be needed.
Employees in these occupations need anywhere from a few months to one year of working with experienced employees.
- Trims and buffs, bevels, or flares workpiece to specified size and shape.
- Reads prescription or specifications and measures item, using calipers, tape measures, or rule.
- Fabricates articles such as purses, wallets, belts, luggage frames, and shoes.
- Dyes, soaks, paints, stamps, or engraves leather or other materials to obtain desired effect or shape.
- Inspects article for defects and removes damaged or worn parts, using hand tools.
- Drills or punches holes and inserts metal rings, handles, and hardware.
- Assembles product according to specifications, utilizing sewing machine, needle and thread, or leather lacing, glue, clamps, or rivets.
- Draws pattern, using measurements, plaster cast, or customer specifications, and positions or outlines pattern on workpiece.
- Attaches accessories or ornamentation to decorate or protect product.
- Sews rips or patches holes by hand or machine to repair articles, such as purses, shoes, and luggage.
- Aligns and stitches or glues materials, such as fabric, fleece, leather, or wood to join parts.
- Selects material and cuts parts along pattern or outline, using knife, shears, or scissors.
- Repairs and reconditions products such as trunks, luggage, shoes, and saddles.
- Inserts and positions padding, foam cushioning, or lining and glues or stitches into place.
- Bench Workers, Jewelry
- Fabric Menders, Except Garment
- Model and Mold Makers, Jewelry
- Precision Etchers and Engravers, Hand or Machine
- Sewers, Hand
General Work Activities
- Handling and Moving Objects
- Controlling Machines and Processes
- Getting Information Needed to Do the Job
- Evaluating Information Against Standards
- Inspecting Equipment, Structures, Material
- Product Inspection
- Problem Identification
- Information Gathering
- Information Organization
- Operations Analysis
Frequent Work Context
- Using Hands on Objects, Tools, Controls
- Objective or Subjective Information
- Consequence of Error