Cutters and Trimmers, Hand

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About the Job

Use hand tools or hand-held power tools to cut and trim a variety of manufactured items, such as carpet, fabric, stone, glass, or rubber.

It is also Called

  • Aluminum Sheet Cutter
  • Banana Room Cutter
  • Basket Mender
  • Basting Cleaner
  • Basting Puller
  • Belt Splicer
  • Bow Maker
  • Bright Cutter
  • Bucker
  • Bundler

What They Do

  • Transport items to work or storage areas, using carts.
  • Adjust guides and stops to control depths and widths of cuts.
  • Lower table-mounted cutters such as knife blades, cutting wheels, or saws to cut items to specified sizes.
  • Replace or sharpen dulled cutting tools such as saws.
  • Route items to provide cutouts for parts, using portable routers, grinders, and hand tools.
  • Position templates or measure materials to locate specified points of cuts or to obtain maximum yields, using rules, scales, or patterns.
  • Clean, treat, buff, or polish finished items, using grinders, brushes, chisels, and cleaning solutions and polishing materials.
  • Fold or shape materials before or after cutting them.
  • Stack cut items and load them on racks or conveyors or onto trucks.
  • Unroll, lay out, attach, or mount materials or items on cutting tables or machines.

Interests

People who work in this occupation generally have the interest code: RC.

This means people who work in this occupation generally have Realistic interests, but also prefer Conventional environments.

Work Values

People who work in this occupation generally prize Support, but also value Relationships and Independence in their jobs.

Things They Need to Know

  • 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.
  • Education and Training - Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
  • Mechanical - Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
  • Transportation - Knowledge of principles and methods for moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road, including the relative costs and benefits.

Things They Need to Be Able to Do

  • 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.
  • Time Management - Managing one's own time and the time of others.
  • Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.

Education Required

These occupations usually require a high school diploma.

LMI Region

Wages

In 2013, the average annual wage in United States was $27,540 with most people making between $18,200 and $40,690

Outlook

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avg. annual growth

During 2010, this occupation employed approximately 17,000 people in United States. It is projected that there will be 16,000 employed in 2020.

This occupation will have about 0 openings due to growth and about 3,000 replacement openings for approximately 3,000 total annual openings.