Top Former

Tend machines that shape shoe uppers on heated forming dies.
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Quick Stats

Salary Range
$18,000 – $49,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Top Formers do?

Tends machine that shapes shoe uppers on heated forming die: Positions shoe upper on heated forming die and pulls lever to bring padded pressing arm against shoe to shape back part of upper. Releases lever after specified time and removes shoe upper from die.

Should I be a Top Former?

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

  • Also known as: Body Former, Heel Former

    How to become a Top Former

    Top Formers 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 Top Former-related education!
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