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51-9031.00 - Cutters and Trimmers, Hand

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.

Sample of reported job titles: Bundler, Cloth Cutter, Cutter, Embroidery Operator, Fabric Cutter, Finisher, Glass Cutter, Hand Cutter, Leather Cutter, Trimmer

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Tasks  |  Tools & Technology  |  Knowledge  |  Skills  |  Abilities  |  Work Activities  |  Detailed Work Activities  |  Work Context  |  Job Zone  |  Education  |  Credentials  |  Interests  |  Work Styles  |  Work Values  |  Related Occupations  |  Wages & Employment  |  Job Openings

Tasks

  • Mark or discard items with defects such as spots, stains, scars, snags, chips, scratches, or unacceptable shapes or finishes. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Trim excess material or cut threads off finished products, such as cutting loose ends of plastic off a manufactured toy for a smoother finish. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Cut, shape, and trim materials, such as textiles, food, glass, stone, and metal, using knives, scissors, and other hand tools, portable power tools, or bench-mounted tools. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Separate materials or products according to size, weight, type, condition, color, or shade. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Mark identification numbers, trademarks, grades, marketing data, sizes, or model numbers on products. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Read work orders to determine dimensions, cutting locations, and quantities to cut. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Count or weigh and bundle items. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Mark cutting lines around patterns or templates, or follow layout points, using squares, rules, and straightedges, and chalk, pencils, or scribes. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Unroll, lay out, attach, or mount materials or items on cutting tables or machines. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Stack cut items and load them on racks or conveyors or onto trucks. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Fold or shape materials before or after cutting them. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Clean, treat, buff, or polish finished items, using grinders, brushes, chisels, and cleaning solutions and polishing materials. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Position templates or measure materials to locate specified points of cuts or to obtain maximum yields, using rules, scales, or patterns. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Route items to provide cutouts for parts, using portable routers, grinders, and hand tools. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Replace or sharpen dulled cutting tools such as saws. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Lower table-mounted cutters such as knife blades, cutting wheels, or saws to cut items to specified sizes. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Adjust guides and stops to control depths and widths of cuts. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Transport items to work or storage areas, using carts. See more occupations related to this task.

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Tools & Technology

Tools used in this occupation:

  • Awls — Awl sets See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Bolt cutters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Cold chisels — Flat cold chisels See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Glass cutters — Glass cutting tools See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Grinders — Handheld grinders See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Hacksaw — Mini hacksaws See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Hammers — Multipurpose hammers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Metal cutters — Tack strip cutters; Wire duct cutting tools See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Pipe or tube cutter — Tubing cutters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Planes — Hand planers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Power chippers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Power saws — Cut-off saws; Foam rubber cutter See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Razor knives — Carpet cutters; Carpet knives; Carpet trimmers; Loop pile carpet cutters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Rotary paper or fabric cutter — Cordless cutters; Rotary cutters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Rulers — Rules See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Saws — Handsaws; Jab saws; Utility saws See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Shears — Heavy duty shears See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Squares — Layout squares See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Stonemason hammer — Stone hammers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Straight edges — Straightedges See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Tile power saw — Cordless tile saws See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Tinners snips — Tin snips See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Utility knives See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Wire brushes — Wire cleaning brushes See more occupations related to this tool.

Technology used in this occupation:

  • Electronic mail software — Microsoft Outlook See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Spreadsheet software — Microsoft Excel See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Word processing software — Microsoft Word See more occupations related to this technology.

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Knowledge

  • Production and Processing — Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods. See more occupations related to this knowledge.

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Skills

  • 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. See more occupations related to this skill.

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Abilities

  • 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. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • 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. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • 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. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Near Vision — The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer). See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Oral Comprehension — The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Category Flexibility — The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Control Precision — The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • 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). See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Speech Recognition — The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Visual Color Discrimination — The ability to match or detect differences between colors, including shades of color and brightness. See more occupations related to this ability.

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Work Activities

  • Handling and Moving Objects — Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Getting Information — Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings — Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Performing General Physical Activities — Performing physical activities that require considerable use of your arms and legs and moving your whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling of materials. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Controlling Machines and Processes — Using either control mechanisms or direct physical activity to operate machines or processes (not including computers or vehicles). See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events — Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material — Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials to identify the cause of errors or other problems or defects. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Judging the Qualities of Things, Services, or People — Assessing the value, importance, or quality of things or people. See more occupations related to this activity.

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Detailed Work Activities

  • Read work orders or other instructions to determine product specifications or materials requirements. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Mount materials or workpieces onto production equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Trim excess material from workpieces. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Polish materials, workpieces, or finished products. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Cut industrial materials in preparation for fabrication or processing. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Weigh finished products. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Measure materials to mark reference points, cutting lines, or other indicators. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Operate cutting equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Adjust fabrics or other materials during garment production. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Clean workpieces or finished products. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Set equipment controls to meet cutting specifications. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Mark products, workpieces, or equipment with identifying information. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Sort materials or products for processing, storing, shipping, or grading. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Stack finished items for further processing or shipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Operate grinding equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Replace worn equipment components. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Position patterns on equipment, materials, or workpieces. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Draw guide lines or markings on materials or workpieces using patterns or other references. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Sharpen cutting or grinding tools. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Move products, materials, or equipment between work areas. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Count finished products or workpieces. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Shape metal workpieces with hammers or other small hand tools. See more occupations related to this activity.

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Work Context

  • Spend Time Standing — 99% responded “Continually or almost continually.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Using Your Hands to Handle, Control, or Feel Objects, Tools, or Controls — 91% responded “Continually or almost continually.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Face-to-Face Discussions — 88% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Time Pressure — 65% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Wear Common Protective or Safety Equipment such as Safety Shoes, Glasses, Gloves, Hearing Protection, Hard Hats, or Life Jackets — 82% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Making Repetitive Motions — 70% responded “Continually or almost continually.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Exposed to Contaminants — 60% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Work With Work Group or Team — 63% responded “Extremely important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Frequency of Decision Making — 70% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Importance of Being Exact or Accurate — 39% responded “Extremely important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Pace Determined by Speed of Equipment — 77% responded “Extremely important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Impact of Decisions on Co-workers or Company Results — 56% responded “Very important results.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Importance of Repeating Same Tasks — 45% responded “Very important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Responsible for Others' Health and Safety — 60% responded “Very high responsibility.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Coordinate or Lead Others — 46% responded “Very important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Bending or Twisting the Body — 43% responded “Continually or almost continually.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Exposed to Hazardous Equipment — 61% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Responsibility for Outcomes and Results — 22% responded “Limited responsibility.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Indoors, Environmentally Controlled — 63% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Freedom to Make Decisions — 40% responded “Some freedom.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Consequence of Error — 49% responded “Extremely serious.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Contact With Others — 45% responded “Occasional contact with others.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Level of Competition — 34% responded “Not at all competitive.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Duration of Typical Work Week — 84% responded “40 hours.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Structured versus Unstructured Work — 41% responded “Very little freedom.” See more occupations related to this work context.

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Job Zone

Title Job Zone Two: Some Preparation Needed
Education These occupations usually require a high school diploma.
Related 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.
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.
Job Zone Examples These occupations often involve using your knowledge and skills to help others. Examples include sheet metal workers, forest fire fighters, customer service representatives, physical therapist aides, salespersons (retail), and tellers.
SVP Range (4.0 to < 6.0)

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Education


Percentage of Respondents
Education Level Required
38   Post-secondary certificate Help

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Credentials

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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. See more occupations related to this interest.
  • 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. See more occupations related to this interest.

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Work Styles

  • Dependability — Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Attention to Detail — Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Stress Tolerance — Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Cooperation — Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • 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. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Adaptability/Flexibility — Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Self Control — Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Initiative — Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Integrity — Job requires being honest and ethical. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Persistence — Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Innovation — Job requires creativity and alternative thinking to develop new ideas for and answers to work-related problems. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Achievement/Effort — Job requires establishing and maintaining personally challenging achievement goals and exerting effort toward mastering tasks. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Leadership — Job requires a willingness to lead, take charge, and offer opinions and direction. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Analytical Thinking — Job requires analyzing information and using logic to address work-related issues and problems. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Concern for Others — Job requires being sensitive to others' needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job. See more occupations related to this work style.

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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. See more occupations related to this work value.
  • 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. See more occupations related to this work value.
  • Independence — Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to work on their own and make decisions. Corresponding needs are Creativity, Responsibility and Autonomy. See more occupations related to this work value.

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Wages & Employment Trends

Median wages (2014) $12.46 hourly, $25,920 annual
State wages Local Salary Info
 
Employment (2012) 14,000 employees
Projected growth (2012-2022) Decline (-3% or lower) Decline (-3% or lower)
Projected job openings (2012-2022) 2,400
State trends Employment Trends
 
Top industries (2012)

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2014 wage data external site and 2012-2022 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2012-2022). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.

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