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

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

Sample of reported job titles: CNC Cutting Operator (Computer Numerical Control Cutting Operator), Cutter, Cutter Operator, Die Cut Operator, Fabric Cutter, Laser Operator, Machine Operator, Press Operator, Spread Cutter, Spreader

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.

Technology Skills

  • Computer aided design CAD software - Autodesk AutoCAD
  • Electronic mail software - Microsoft Outlook
  • Enterprise resource planning ERP software - SAP
  • Industrial control software - HAISEN SoftWare System
  • Office suite software - Microsoft Office
  • Operating system software - Microsoft Windows
  • Spreadsheet software - Microsoft Excel
  • Word processing software - Microsoft Word

Tools Used

  • Cutting or pinking machines - Band knife cutting machines; Die cutting machines; Ultrasonic cutting machines; Water jet cutting machines (see all 10 examples)
  • Drilling machines - Drill presses
  • Fabric or cloth folding machines - Cloth spreading machines
  • Forklifts - Wheeled forkllifts
  • Grease guns - Lubricant guns
  • Laser cutting machine - Laser cutting machines
  • Oil can - Machine oiling cans
  • Rulers - Precision rulers
  • Sewing machines - Sergers; Straight stitchers
  • Shears - Fabric scissors; Fabric shears
  • Tape measures - Measuring tapes

Knowledge

  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Production and Processing - Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.
  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.

Skills

  • Operation Monitoring - Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
  • Quality Control Analysis - Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.
  • Troubleshooting - Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.
  • Equipment Maintenance - Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed.
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
  • Operation and Control - Controlling operations of equipment or systems.
  • Repairing - Repairing machines or systems using the needed tools.
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Complex Problem Solving - Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.

Abilities

  • Arm-Hand Steadiness - The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.
  • Multilimb Coordination - The ability to coordinate two or more limbs (for example, two arms, two legs, or one leg and one arm) while sitting, standing, or lying down. It does not involve performing the activities while the whole body is in motion.
  • Control Precision - The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.
  • Manual Dexterity - The ability to quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.
  • Near Vision - The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
  • Finger Dexterity - The ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects.
  • Rate Control - The ability to time your movements or the movement of a piece of equipment in anticipation of changes in the speed and/or direction of a moving object or scene.
  • Trunk Strength - The ability to use your abdominal and lower back muscles to support part of the body repeatedly or continuously over time without 'giving out' or fatiguing.
  • Visual Color Discrimination - The ability to match or detect differences between colors, including shades of color and brightness.
  • Auditory Attention - The ability to focus on a single source of sound in the presence of other distracting sounds.
  • Depth Perception - The ability to judge which of several objects is closer or farther away from you, or to judge the distance between you and an object.
  • Information Ordering - The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Problem Sensitivity - The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
  • Speech Recognition - The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
  • Category Flexibility - The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.
  • Deductive Reasoning - The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
  • Hearing Sensitivity - The ability to detect or tell the differences between sounds that vary in pitch and loudness.
  • Perceptual Speed - The ability to quickly and accurately compare similarities and differences among sets of letters, numbers, objects, pictures, or patterns. The things to be compared may be presented at the same time or one after the other. This ability also includes comparing a presented object with a remembered object.
  • Reaction Time - The ability to quickly respond (with the hand, finger, or foot) to a signal (sound, light, picture) when it appears.
  • Speech Clarity - The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
  • Static Strength - The ability to exert maximum muscle force to lift, push, pull, or carry objects.
  • Visualization - The ability to imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged.

Interests

  • Interest code: RC
    • Realistic - Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others.
    • Conventional - Conventional occupations frequently involve following set procedures and routines. These occupations can include working with data and details more than with ideas. Usually there is a clear line of authority to follow.

Work Context

  • Spend Time Standing - 80% responded “Continually or almost continually.”
  • Spend Time Using Your Hands to Handle, Control, or Feel Objects, Tools, or Controls - 69% responded “Continually or almost continually.”
  • Face-to-Face Discussions - 47% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.”
  • Time Pressure - 64% responded “Every day.”
  • Importance of Being Exact or Accurate - 37% responded “Extremely important.”
  • Spend Time Making Repetitive Motions - 43% responded “Continually or almost continually.”
  • Physical Proximity - 65% responded “Moderately close (at arm's length).”
  • Work With Work Group or Team - 36% responded “Extremely important.”
  • Pace Determined by Speed of Equipment - 30% responded “Extremely important.”
  • Structured versus Unstructured Work - 56% responded “Some freedom.”
  • Contact With Others - 39% responded “Constant contact with others.”
  • Frequency of Decision Making - 55% responded “Every day.”
  • Sounds, Noise Levels Are Distracting or Uncomfortable - 56% responded “Every day.”
  • Freedom to Make Decisions - 42% responded “Some freedom.”
  • Spend Time Bending or Twisting the Body - 34% responded “Continually or almost continually.”
  • Level of Competition - 45% responded “Highly competitive.”
  • Responsibility for Outcomes and Results - 23% responded “Moderate responsibility.”
  • Spend Time Walking and Running - 29% responded “Less than half the time.”

Education

Percentage of RespondentsEducation Level Required
44%High school diploma or equivalent
27%Some college, no degree
20%Less than high school diploma

Work Styles

  • Attention to Detail - Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.
  • Cooperation - Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.
  • Dependability - Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.
  • Integrity - Job requires being honest and ethical.
  • Self Control - Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations.
  • Stress Tolerance - Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations.
  • Persistence - Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles.
  • Analytical Thinking - Job requires analyzing information and using logic to address work-related issues and problems.
  • Adaptability/Flexibility - Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace.
  • Independence - Job requires developing one's own ways of doing things, guiding oneself with little or no supervision, and depending on oneself to get things done.
  • Initiative - Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.
  • Innovation - Job requires creativity and alternative thinking to develop new ideas for and answers to work-related problems.
  • Concern for Others - Job requires being sensitive to others' needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job.
  • Leadership - Job requires a willingness to lead, take charge, and offer opinions and direction.
  • Achievement/Effort - Job requires establishing and maintaining personally challenging achievement goals and exerting effort toward mastering tasks.
  • Social Orientation - Job requires preferring to work with others rather than alone, and being personally connected with others on the job.

Work Values

  • Support - Occupations that satisfy this work value offer supportive management that stands behind employees. Corresponding needs are Company Policies, Supervision: Human Relations and Supervision: Technical.
  • Relationships - Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to provide service to others and work with co-workers in a friendly non-competitive environment. Corresponding needs are Co-workers, Moral Values and Social Service.
  • Working Conditions - Occupations that satisfy this work value offer job security and good working conditions. Corresponding needs are Activity, Compensation, Independence, Security, Variety and Working Conditions.

Wages & Trends

  • Median wages (2017)
    • $12.93 hourly, $26,890 annual
  • Employment (2016)
    • 15,000 employees
  • Projected growth (2016-2026)
    • Decline (-2% or lower)
  • Projected job openings (2016-2026)
    • 1,600

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