Machine Rough-Rounder

Tend machines that trim edges of outsoles and welts.
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Salary Range
$20,000 – $45,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Machine Rough-Rounders do?

Tends machine that trims edges of outsole and welt to conform to outline of lasted shoe upper: Adjusts width gauge, following size specifications. Starts machine and depresses pedal that withdraws knife from cutting position. Positions shank or heel seat against machine guide. Releases pedal that forces reciprocating horizontal knife against outsole and welt. Presses and turns outsole and welt against machine guide and cutting edge of knife. Presses control that regulates width of cut at toe, ball, and shank of shoe while edge is being trimmed. May cut channel in bottom of outsole near edge.


Should I be a Machine Rough-Rounder?

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.
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.
  • Team Player: You're able to listen, communicate, and work with tons of different people.

  • Also known as: Machine Rough Rounder, Rough-Rounder, Machine

    How to become a Machine Rough-Rounder

    Most Machine Rough-Rounders 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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