Buffing and Sueding Machine Operator

Hold rubber soles against power-driven abrasive-covered wheels.
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Salary Range
$21,000 – $49,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Buffing and Sueding Machine Operators do?

Holds rubber soles against power-driven abrasive-covered wheel to obtain soft or suede finish. Changes abrasive collar on wheel for different degrees of finish, using wrench.


Should I be a Buffing and Sueding Machine Operator?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Persistent: You keep pushing through, even when faced with tough obstacles.
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.
  • Flexible: You're open to change and think variety is the spice of life.

  • Also known as: Buffing-Wheel Operator, Sueding-and-Buffing-Machine Operator, Sueding-Wheel Operator

    How to Become a
    Buffing and Sueding Machine Operator

    Most Buffing and Sueding Machine Operators 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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