Automatic Buffer

Tend pairs of automatic machines that grind edges of soles.
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Salary Range
$21,000 – $49,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Automatic Buffers do?

Tends pair of automatic machines that grind edges of soles to remove sprues left by molding and roughen edges for foxing: Starts machines. Depresses pedal of first machine to separate toothed feeder wheels. Clamps sole between wheels and against rotating, vertical buffing wheel that grinds excess material from sole edge as feeder wheels automatically turn sole. Observes sole edge after one rotation for complete removal of sprue and removes sole or leaves sole on for second turn. Loads second machine while first is operating and alternates between both.

Should I be an Automatic Buffer?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.
  • Team Player: You're able to listen, communicate, and work with tons of different people.

  • Also known as: Buffer, Automatic

    How to become an Automatic Buffer

    Most Automatic Buffers have no higher education and get on-the-job training. Think about earning a Certificate or Associate's degree to increase your competitiveness in the field. Chart?chd=s:9zgaaa&chl=no+college+%2866%25%29|certificate+%2827%25%29|associate%27s+%287%25%29|||&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,66,66
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