Textile Cutting Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders

Description

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

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, and/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 setup 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, and/or needles to set up machinery for operation.
  • Program electronic equipment.
  • Thread yarn, thread, or fabric through guides, needles, and rollers of machines.

Knowledge

Psychology
Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.
Sociology and Anthropology
Knowledge of group behavior and dynamics, societal trends and influences, human migrations, ethnicity, cultures and their history and origins.

Skills

Science
Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.

Abilities

Dynamic Flexibility
The ability to quickly and repeatedly bend, stretch, twist, or reach out with your body, arms, and/or legs.
Explosive Strength
The ability to use short bursts of muscle force to propel oneself (as in jumping or sprinting), or to throw an object.

Interests

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.
Investigative
Investigative occupations frequently involve working with ideas, and require an extensive amount of thinking. These occupations can involve searching for facts and figuring out problems mentally.
Enterprising
Enterprising occupations frequently involve starting up and carrying out projects. These occupations can involve leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes they require risk taking and often deal with business.
Artistic
Artistic occupations frequently involve working with forms, designs and patterns. They often require self-expression and the work can be done without following a clear set of rules.
Social
Social occupations frequently involve working with, communicating with, and teaching people. These occupations often involve helping or providing service to others.

Work Style

Dependability
Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.
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.
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.
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.
Adaptability/Flexibility
Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace.

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.
Achievement
Occupations that satisfy this work value are results oriented and allow employees to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment. Corresponding needs are Ability Utilization and Achievement.
Independence
Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to work on their own and make decisions. Corresponding needs are Creativity, Responsibility and Autonomy.
Recognition
Occupations that satisfy this work value offer advancement, potential for leadership, and are often considered prestigious. Corresponding needs are Advancement, Authority, Recognition and Social Status.

Lay 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 Cutter
Fabric Cutter
Fabrics and Material Cutter
Felt Cutter
Felt Cutting Machine Operator
Fur Cutting Machine Operator
Glove Cutter
Hat Cutter
Knife Cutter
Label Pinker
Lace Cutter
Laser 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

National Wages and Employment Info

Median Wages (2008):
$11.56 hourly, $24,050 annual.
Employment (2008):
15,620 employees