Last Trimmer

Operate machines to shape and smooth shoe lasts.
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Quick Stats

Salary Range
$18,000 – $39,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Last Trimmers do?

Operates machines to shape and smooth shoe lasts to specified contour and size, performing any combination of following tasks: Cuts lathe centers from last turnings at specified point, using bandsaw or handsaw. Files toe area of last to specified contour outline drawn on bottom of last. Sands toe area with sandpaper or operates sanding machine to attain specified size and finish. Verifies finished size, using templates. Operates sanding machine to sand heel area of last to remove excess material, form heel, and establish specified length of last. Verifies last length, using gauge. Replaces worn sandpaper belts on sanding machines. May draw last bottom outline, using sole pattern and pencil [LAST MARKER]. May specialize on one part of last and be designated Heel Grinder; Toe Stripper.

Should I be a Last Trimmer?

You should have a certificate degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Levelheaded: You hold your emotions in check, even in tough situations.
  • Trustworthy: You are known for your personal integrity and honesty.
  • Independent: You enjoy flying solo and doing things your own way.

  • Also known as: End Trimmer, Lumber Tripper, Slab Tripper, Veneer Trimmer

    How to become a Last Trimmer

    Last Trimmers often have a Certificate or higher. Chart?chd=s:9dgaga&chl=no+college+%2880%25%29|certificate+%284%25%29|associate%27s+%288%25%29||master%27s+%288%25%29|&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,80,80
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