String Laster

Tend battery of combination lasting and molding machines.
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Quick Stats

Salary Range
$18,000 – $49,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do String Lasters do?

Tends battery of combination lasting and molding machines that mold rubber or plastic outsoles onto fabric, leather, or plastic uppers to make shoes: Positions upper over last with heel centered and even margin of upper around last sole, pulls string in hem tight around sole of last, and ties knot to keep it from slipping. Stretches and hooks upper over pins protruding from heel and instep of last, using claw-tipped end of lasting tool, to hold upper in place during molding. Pulls lever to turn last upper to face mold and raise shoe with newly molded sole for stripping. Places uncured rubber blank in mold, depresses pedal to lower last and close sides of mold, and sets automatic timing device for specified curing time. Strips molded shoe from last and examines sole for discoloration or softness indicative of overcuring or insufficient curing.

Should I be a String Laster?

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.
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.
  • Levelheaded: You hold your emotions in check, even in tough situations.

  • How to become a String Laster

    String Lasters 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 String Laster-related education!
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