Sample Maker

Tend machines that trim, shape, smooth, join, and finish shoe parts.
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Quick Stats

Salary Range
$18,000 – $49,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Sample Makers do?

Tends variety of machines that trim, shape, smooth, join, and finish shoe parts to fabricate footwear samples: Reads work order to determine type and style of shoe. Aligns precut components on bed of machine, positions components against machine guides, or feeds components between rollers. Flips switches, pushes buttons, depresses pedals, and moves levers to activate machines. Removes partially assembled component from machine and carries component to next machine in sequence of operation according to specifications. Changes and adjusts guides, cutting blades, buffing wheels, and heating irons, using handtools.

Should I be a Sample Maker?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.
  • Levelheaded: You hold your emotions in check, even in tough situations.

  • Also known as: Shuttle Maker, Sweet-Pickle Maker

    How to become a Sample Maker

    Sample Makers 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 Sample Maker-related education!
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