Machine Featheredger and Reducer

Tend machines that shave shanks, heel seats, or edges of shoe outsoles.
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Salary Range
$20,000 – $45,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Machine Featheredger and Reducers do?

Tends machine that shaves shank, heel seat, forepart, or edges of shoe outsole to reduce thickness and increase flexibility of outsole by any of following methods: Feeds edge of outsole against guide and between rollers that force edge against machine blade. Turns crank to regulate speed of rollers along curved edges. May depress pedal to separate rollers to accommodate thickness of outsole. Positions specified die rollers on machine shaft. Positions outsoles against guides on machine bed. Depresses pedal that starts rollers that force shank, heel seat, forepart, or edges of outsole against machine blade. Turns handwheel to set cutting gauge according to outsole size. May reduce thickness of insoles at edges. May be designated according to part of outsole reduced or beveled as Heel Reducer; Shank Beveler.

Should I be a Machine Featheredger and Reducer?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.
  • Team Player: You're able to listen, communicate, and work with tons of different people.
  • Independent: You enjoy flying solo and doing things your own way.

  • Also known as: Featheredge-Machine Operator, Featheredger and Reducer, Machine, Forepart Reducer

    How to Become a
    Machine Featheredger and Reducer

    Most Machine Featheredger and Reducers 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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