Textile Cutting Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders
SOC: 51-6062.00

Description:

Set up, operate, or tend machines that cut textiles.


National Salary Information:

Hourly Statistics:

Annual Statistics:

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 wage data.


Employment Projections:

Employment (2014):
14,300 employed

Projected (2024):
10,600 employed

Projected growth (2014-2024)


Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 2014-2024 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2014-2024). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.


Alternate Titles:

  • Automatic Die Cutting Machine Operator
  • Automatic Label Cutting and Folding Machine Operator
  • Band and Cuff Cutter
  • Band Cutter
  • Band Saw Operator
  • Barrel Drum Cutter
  • Bedspread Cutter
  • Bias Cutting Machine Operator
  • Binding Cutter
  • Blanket Cutting Machine Operator
  • Bolt Cutter
  • Canvas Cutter
  • Carpet Cutter
  • Chin Strap Cutter
  • Chopped Strand Operator
  • Cleaner and Trimmer
  • Clipper
  • Cloth Cutter
  • CNC Cutting Operator (Computer Numerical Control Cutting Operator)
  • Continuous Pillowcase Cutter
  • Corduroy Cutter Operator
  • Cropper
  • Cuff Cutter
  • Curtain Cutter
  • Cutter
  • Cutter Operator
  • Cutting Machine Fixer
  • Die Cut Operator
  • Die Cutter
  • Die Cutting Machine Operator
  • Drapery Cutter
  • Electric Cutter Operator
  • Electric Knife Operator
  • Embroidery Assistant
  • Embroidery Cutter
  • Fabric Cutter
  • Fabrics and Material Cutter
  • Felt Cutter
  • Felt Cutting Machine Operator
  • Fur Cutting Machine Operator
  • Glove Cutter
  • Hat Cutter
  • Industrial Fabric Cutter
  • Knife Cutter
  • Label Pinker
  • Lace Cutter
  • Laser Cutter
  • Laser Operator
  • Laser Print Operator
  • Laser Set Up Operator
  • Leather Cutter
  • Lining Cutter
  • Machine Cloth Trimmer
  • Machine Operator
  • Machine Scallop Cutter
  • Machine Trimmer
  • Manufacturing Assistant
  • Manufacturing Associate
  • Manufacturing Operator
  • Mechanic
  • Metallic Yarn Slitting Machine Operator
  • Perforating Machine Operator
  • Pillowcase Cutter
  • Pinking Machine Operator
  • Plush Cutter
  • Press Operator
  • Rag Cutter
  • Rag Cutting Machine Operator
  • Rag Shredder
  • Rib Cutter
  • Rotary Cutter
  • Rotary Cutter Operator
  • Rounding Machine Operator
  • Rug Cutter
  • Scallop Binder
  • Scallop Cutter
  • Scalloper
  • Section Cutter
  • Shear Grinder Operator
  • Shear Tender
  • Shearing Machine Feeder
  • Shearing Machine Operator
  • Shoe Cutter
  • Silk Trimmer
  • Silker
  • Slitting Machine Operator
  • Sliver Cutter
  • Splitter Operator
  • Spread Cutter
  • Spreader
  • Staple Cutter
  • Strip Cutting Machine Operator
  • Strip Winder
  • Stripping Cutter and Winder
  • Swatch Cutter
  • Sweatband Separator
  • Synthetic Cloth Binding Cutter
  • Tab Cutter
  • Textile Machine Operator
  • Textile Slitting Machine Operator
  • Thread Cutter Tender
  • Trim Master Operator
  • Trimmer Machine Operator
  • Trimming Machine Operator
  • Tube Laser Operator
  • Twill Cutter
  • Upholstery Cutter
  • Upper Cutter
  • Valance Cutter
  • Velvet Cutter
  • Vinyl Cutter
  • Welt Cutter
  • Welt Trimming Machine Operator
  • Window Shade Cutter and Mounter
  • Wiping Cloth Cutter


  • Job Zone Two: Some Preparation Needed

    Experience:

    Some previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is usually needed. For example, a teller would benefit from experience working directly with the public.

    Education:

    These occupations usually require a high school diploma.

    Job Training:

    Employees in these occupations need anywhere from a few months to one year of working with experienced employees. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.


    Required Skills:

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Active Listening
  • Writing
  • Speaking
  • Mathematics
  • Critical Thinking
  • Active Learning
  • Learning Strategies
  • Monitoring
  • Social Perceptiveness
  • Coordination
  • Persuasion
  • Negotiation
  • Instructing
  • Service Orientation
  • Complex Problem Solving
  • Operations Analysis
  • Technology Design
  • Equipment Selection
  • Installation
  • Programming
  • Operation Monitoring
  • Operation and Control
  • Equipment Maintenance
  • Troubleshooting
  • Repairing
  • Quality Control Analysis
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Systems Analysis
  • Systems Evaluation
  • Time Management
  • Management of Financial Resources
  • Management of Material Resources
  • Management of Personnel Resources

  • Knowledge Used:

  • Administration and Management
  • Clerical
  • Economics and Accounting
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Personnel and Human Resources
  • Production and Processing
  • Computers and Electronics
  • Engineering and Technology
  • Design
  • Mechanical
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Education and Training
  • English Language
  • Public Safety and Security
  • Law and Government
  • Telecommunications
  • Transportation


  • Tasks:

  • Place patterns on top of layers of fabric and cut fabric following patterns, using electric or manual knives, cutters, or computer numerically controlled cutting devices.
  • Notify supervisors of mechanical malfunctions.
  • Repair or replace worn or defective parts or components, using hand tools.
  • Adjust cutting techniques to types of fabrics and styles of garments.
  • Inspect machinery to determine whether repairs are needed.
  • Adjust machine controls, such as heating mechanisms, tensions, or speeds, to produce specified products.
  • Inspect products to ensure that specifications are met and to determine whether machines require adjustment.
  • Confer with coworkers to obtain information about orders, processes, or problems.
  • Start machines, monitor operations, and make adjustments as needed.
  • Clean, oil, and lubricate machines, using air hoses, cleaning solutions, rags, oilcans, and grease guns.
  • Record information about work completed and machine settings.
  • Operate machines to cut multiple layers of fabric into parts for articles such as canvas goods, house furnishings, garments, hats, or stuffed toys.
  • Study guides, samples, charts, and specification sheets or confer with supervisors or engineering staff to determine set-up requirements.
  • Operate machines for test runs to verify adjustments and to obtain product samples.
  • Stop machines when specified amounts of product have been produced.
  • Install, level, and align components, such as gears, chains, guides, dies, cutters, or needles, to set up machinery for operation.
  • Program electronic equipment.
  • Thread yarn, thread, or fabric through guides, needles, and rollers of machines.

  • Tools & Technology:

  • Band knife cutting machines
  • Cloth spreading machines
  • Die cutting machines
  • Die cutting presses
  • Drill presses
  • Fabric scissors
  • Fabric shears
  • Laser cutting machines
  • Lubricant guns
  • Machine oiling cans
  • Measuring tapes
  • Notcher machines
  • Plasma cutting machines
  • Precision rulers
  • Rotary die cutters
  • Round knife cutting machines
  • Sergers
  • Straight knife cutting machines
  • Straight stitchers
  • Ultrasonic cutting machines
  • Water jet cutting machines
  • Wheeled forkllifts
  • Autodesk AutoCAD software
  • HAISEN SoftWare System
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Office software
  • Microsoft Outlook
  • Microsoft Windows
  • Microsoft Word
  • SAP software


  • production


    industry stats

    SOC: 51-0000

    Total Employed: 9,073,290

    Average Annual Salary: $36,220