Rounder

Tend machines that trim unfinished shoe soles to pattern size.
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Quick Stats


Salary Range
$20,000 – $45,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Rounders do?

Tends machine that trims unfinished shoe soles to pattern size: Selects pattern from stock bin, following work ticket. Positions pattern on machine guide pins and places sole on pattern. Depresses pedal or pushes lever that clamps sole onto pattern and starts knife blades rotating around outside edge of pattern to cut sole in conformity with pattern. Removes and sharpens blades, using hone.


Should I be a Rounder?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Flexible: You're open to change and think variety is the spice of life.
  • 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: Debeader, Forepart Rounder, Sole Rounder

    How to become a Rounder

    Most 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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