Hand Cutter and Trimmer

Cut gaskets, diaphragms, or parts for hydraulic valves.
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Quick Stats

Salary Range
$18,000 – $38,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Hand Cutter and Trimmers do?

Performs any combination of following tasks to cut gaskets, diaphragms, or parts for hydraulic valves, radios, airplane deicers, and footwear from rubber sheeting, uncured rubber slabs, plastic, or cork: Mounts sheeting roll in letoff rack by hand or with hoist and pulls sheeting from roll or positions material on table. Cements sheets together to build up required thickness or piles together layers for cutting multiple parts. Places template on material, traces outline with pencil, and cuts out parts with scissors or cuts around template with knife. Places cut parts on truck for removal to next process station. Trims top of footwear following outline of binding or flash from molded heels or soles. Cuts slot on side or V in front of footwear to permit insertion of foot. Pares excess rubber or fabric from lasted toe to reduce thickness and prevent outsole from bulging at toe. Stamps sizes on shoe soles, using stamp and pad, and places finished outsoles in book. Embosses trademark on arch, using pedal-controlled press. May be designated according to part cut as Outsole Cutter, Hand.

Should I be a Hand Cutter and Trimmer?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.
  • Levelheaded: You hold your emotions in check, even in tough situations.
  • Independent: You enjoy flying solo and doing things your own way.

  • Also known as: Cutter and Trimmer, Hand, Screen Cutter and Trimmer, Vamp-and-Whole-Shoe Cutter, Hand

    How to become a Hand Cutter and Trimmer

    Most Hand Cutter and Trimmers 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:9maaaa&chl=no+college+%2862%25%29|certificate+%2838%25%29||||&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,62,62
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