Die Cutter

Operate machines that cut out parts of specified size and shape.
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Salary Range
$20,000 – $45,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Die Cutters do?

Operates machine to cut out parts of specified size and shape from materials, such as cardboard, cloth, leather, mica, paper, plastic, or rubber: Places single or multiple layers of material on bed of machine. Turns handwheel to raise or lower head of machine according to thickness of material or depth of die. Positions one or more cutting dies on material or clamps dies to head of machine and positions material under dies to ensure maximum utilization of material. Depresses pedal or moves lever to activate ram that forces die through material. Removes cut parts from die or bed of machine. Measures parts with rule or compares parts with standard to verify conformance to specifications. Stacks parts in storage area according to size and shape. May sharpen cutting edges of dies, using file or hone. When operating machine to trim hat brims, is designated Rounding-Machine Operator. May be designated according to type of die used as Adjustable-Die Cutter; Solid-Die Cutter; or according to part cut as Sole-Leather-Cutting-Machine Operator; Toppiece Cutter; Trimming Cutter. May be designated: Beam-Press Operator; Box-Toe Cutter; Brim Cutter; Buckram Cutter; Cap-Parts Cutter; Double Cutter; Glove-Parts Cutter; Handbag-Parts Cutter; Hat-Parts Cutter; Heel-Lift-Beam Cutter; Helmet-Hat-Brim Cutter; Insole Cutter, Machine; Label Cutter; Leather-Novelty-Parts Cutter; Lining Cutter, Machine; Outsole Cutter, Machine; Shoe-Parts Cutter; Silk-Lining Cutter, Machine; Single-Beam Clicker; Sole-Cutting-Machine Operator; Top-Lift Cutter; Trimming Cutter, Machine; Twin-Beam Clicker; Upper Cutter, Machine.


Should I be a Die Cutter?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Flexible: You're open to change and think variety is the spice of life.
  • Levelheaded: You hold your emotions in check, even in tough situations.
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.

  • Also known as: Adjustable-Die Cutter, Diamond Cutter, Die Cutter Apprentice, Die Stamper, Solid-Die Cutter

    How to become a Die Cutter

    Most Die Cutters have no higher education and get on-the-job training. Think about earning a Certificate to increase your competitiveness in the field. Chart?chd=s:9iaaaa&chl=no+college+%2888%25%29|certificate+%2812%25%29||||&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,88,88
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