Second Cutter

Cut glass sheets by hand to reduce sheets to specified dimensions.
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Quick Stats


Salary Range
$18,000 – $38,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Second Cutters do?

Cuts glass sheets by hand to reduce sheets to specified dimensions or eliminate blemishes: Examines sheet of glass for defects, such as breaks, chips, scratches, and blisters. Scores kerf on glass surface, using T-square and cutting tool. Breaks scored sheet into specified sizes by use of pincers or by snapping kerf over crossbar. Places defective glass in cullet bin. Measures and scores glass sheet into standard size plates, using ruler and glass-cutting wheel or splitter. Breaks off plates and places them on racks. Works as member of two-person team when cutting at discharge end of lehr. May be designated according to work area as Lehr Cutter; Warehouse Cutter.


Should I be a Second Cutter?

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.
  • Independent: You enjoy flying solo and doing things your own way.
  • Team Player: You're able to listen, communicate, and work with tons of different people.

  • Also known as: Cuff Separator

    How to become a Second Cutter

    Most Second 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:9maaaa&chl=no+college+%2862%25%29|certificate+%2838%25%29||||&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,62,62
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