Last Pattern Grader

Operate pattern grading machines to cut out paper last patterns.
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Salary Range
$18,000 – $49,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Last Pattern Graders do?

Operates pattern grading machine to cut out paper last patterns for shoe sizes of specified style and cuts out steel patterns for use in manufacturing shoe lasts: Positions customer’s last pattern on steel sheet, scribes line around pattern, and cuts along line with metal snips to form steel cutting pattern. Secures pattern on table of grading machine. Adjusts reduction scale of machine to cut specified size paper patterns. Inserts cutting tool and stylus into ends of pantograph arm of machine. Starts machine, turns gear to advance uncut pattern paper from roll into position under cutting tool and lowers stylus to starting point on steel pattern. Guides stylus around pattern, observing action of cutting tool to correct cutting irregularities. Measures paper pattern cut by machine against original pattern to verify reproduction of size and shape. Repeats machine operations to cut out specified number of patterns of given size. Readjusts reduction scale and repeats cutting operation to produce all pattern sizes specified for prescribed shoe style. Staples, tapes, or glues specified sized heel patterns to last patterns when making patterns for LAST-MODEL MAKER. May cut insole patterns to customer specifications for use in shoe factories.


Should I be a Last Pattern Grader?

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.
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.

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