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Career Details :: Upholsterers
Make, repair, or replace upholstery for household furniture or transportation vehicles.
Previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is required for these occupations. For example, an electrician must have completed three or four years of apprenticeship or several years of vocational training, and often must have passed a licensing exam, in order to perform the job.
Most occupations in this zone require training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree. Some may require a bachelor's degree.
Employees in these occupations usually need one or two years of training involving both on-the-job experience and informal training with experienced workers.
- Designs upholstery cover patterns.
- Measures and cuts new covering material, using pattern and measuring and cutting instruments.
- Examines upholstery to locate defects.
- Sews rips or tears in material, or creates tufting, using needle and thread.
- Stacks, aligns, and smoothes material on cutting table.
- Refinishes wood surfaces on upholstered or reupholstered furniture.
- Adjusts or replaces webbing, padding, and springs and secures them in place.
- Operates sewing machine to seam cushions and join various sections of covering material.
- Attaches binding or applies solutions to edges of cut material to prevent raveling.
- Removes covering, webbing, padding, and defective springs from workpiece, using hand tools.
- Attaches fasteners, grommets, buckles, ornamental trim, and other accessories to cover or frame, using hand tools.
- Maintains records of time required to perform each job.
- Drills or punches holes in material.
- Fits, installs, and secures material on workpiece, using hand tools, power tools, glue, cement, or staples.
- Repairs frame of workpiece.
- Reads order and applies knowledge and experience with materials to determine type and amount of material required to cover workpiece.
- Draws cutting lines on material following pattern, templates, sketches, or blueprints, using chalk, pencil, paint, or other method.
- Floor Layers, Except Carpet, Wood, and Hard Tiles
- Furniture Finishers
- Mold Makers, Hand
- Molding and Casting Workers
- Shoe and Leather Workers and Repairers
General Work Activities
- Handling and Moving Objects
- Performing General Physical Activities
- Getting Information Needed to Do the Job
- Estimating Needed Characteristics
- Thinking Creatively
Frequent Work Context
- Importance of Being Exact or Accurate
- Importance of Being Sure All Is Done
- Consequence of Error
- Using Hands on Objects, Tools, Controls