Sample Clerk

Operate machines and equipment to estimate upholstery costs.
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Salary Range
$22,000 – $46,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Sample Clerks do?

Operates pantograph, camera, and adding machine in pattern department of furniture plant to estimate upholstery costs: Places cardboard pattern on workbed and plastic sheet on mounting plate of reduction machine. Moves stylus on tracing arm of pantograph around edge of pattern to control movement of heated cutting needle that cuts reduced plastic pattern of upholstery part. Arranges pattern pieces on scaled table to facilitate maximum fabric usage from standard spread of cloth. Operates camera mounted on adjustable stand to photograph pattern layout. Files pattern parts and developed camera print for reference by other workers. Compiles cutting, sewing, and fabric cost data, using adding machine, standardized computation sheets and formulas, and pattern layout information.

Should I be a Sample Clerk?

You should have a certificate degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Trustworthy: You are known for your personal integrity and honesty.
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.

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