Inspect hides for defects and cements leather patch over defect.
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Quick Stats

Salary Range
$18,000 – $49,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Patchers do?

Inspects hides for defects, such as cuts, holes, and scars, and cements leather patch over defect: Examines defects and selects piece of leather that matches defective area in color and texture. Trims patch to size of defective area. Brushes cement on patch and hammers patch over defect, using mallet. Trims edges of patch, using knife and sandpaper. Folds and places hide on truck.

Should I be a Patcher?

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.
  • Levelheaded: You hold your emotions in check, even in tough situations.

  • Also known as: Chicken Catcher, Cigar Patcher, Hand Patcher, Hot Patcher, Ladle Watcher, Negative Notcher, Scratcher

    How to become a Patcher

    Patchers generally graduate from high school and get on-the-job training. Think about earning a Certificate or Associate’s degree to increase your chances of finding a good job. Check out these schools offering Patcher-related education!
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