Pocket Cutter

Operate machines to cut gates into window jambs.
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Salary Range
$17,000 – $39,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Pocket Cutters do?

Operates machine to cut gates into window jambs to allow for installation and adjustment of sash counterweights after frames are erected: Adjusts distance between saws, using wrench. Positions stops on machine table according to dimensions of jamb and specified location of gate. Places jamb on machine table against stops and clamps jamb in place. Starts machine, and pulls lever to feed stock into circular saws that cut two parallel slits into jamb to form sides of gate. Presses pedal that raises one set of two reciprocating saw blades and lowers another set of two blades to cut slits simultaneously across wood grain on top and bottom of jamb to form ends of gate. Measures completed cuts for accuracy, using rule, and makes machine adjustments. May replace worn saw blades. May operate pocket cutter combined with pulley mortiser and be designated Pocket-And-Pulley-Machine Operator.

Should I be a Pocket Cutter?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Ready for a Challenge: You jump into new projects with initiative and drive.
  • Independent: You enjoy flying solo and doing things your own way.
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.

  • Also known as: Billet Cutter

    How to become a Pocket Cutter

    Most Pocket Cutters 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:9haaaa&chl=no+college+%2889%25%29|certificate+%2811%25%29||||&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,89,89
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