Summary Report for:
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
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
- Mark or discard items with defects such as spots, stains, scars, snags, chips, scratches, or unacceptable shapes or finishes.
- Trim excess material or cut threads off finished products, such as cutting loose ends of plastic off a manufactured toy for a smoother finish.
- 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.
- Separate materials or products according to size, weight, type, condition, color, or shade.
- Mark identification numbers, trademarks, grades, marketing data, sizes, or model numbers on products.
- Read work orders to determine dimensions, cutting locations, and quantities to cut.
- Count or weigh and bundle items.
- Mark cutting lines around patterns or templates, or follow layout points, using squares, rules, and straightedges, and chalk, pencils, or scribes.
- Unroll, lay out, attach, or mount materials or items on cutting tables or machines.
- Stack cut items and load them on racks or conveyors or onto trucks.
- Fold or shape materials before or after cutting them.
- Clean, treat, buff, or polish finished items, using grinders, brushes, chisels, and cleaning solutions and polishing materials.
- Position templates or measure materials to locate specified points of cuts or to obtain maximum yields, using rules, scales, or patterns.
- Route items to provide cutouts for parts, using portable routers, grinders, and hand tools.
- Replace or sharpen dulled cutting tools such as saws.
- Lower table-mounted cutters such as knife blades, cutting wheels, or saws to cut items to specified sizes.
- Adjust guides and stops to control depths and widths of cuts.
- Transport items to work or storage areas, using carts.
Tools & Technology
Tools used in this occupation:
- Awls — Awl sets
- Bolt cutters
- Cold chisels — Flat cold chisels
- Glass cutters — Glass cutting tools
- Grinders — Handheld grinders
- Hacksaw — Mini hacksaws
- Hammers — Multipurpose hammers
- Metal cutters — Tack strip cutters; Wire duct cutting tools
- Pipe or tube cutter — Tubing cutters
- Planes — Hand planers
- Power chippers
- Power saws — Cut-off saws; Foam rubber cutter
- Razor knives — Carpet cutters; Carpet knives; Carpet trimmers; Loop pile carpet cutters
- Rotary paper or fabric cutter — Cordless cutters; Rotary cutters
- Rulers — Rules
- Saws — Handsaws; Jab saws; Utility saws
- Shears — Heavy duty shears
- Squares — Layout squares
- Stonemason hammer — Stone hammers
- Straight edges — Straightedges
- Tile power saw — Cordless tile saws
- Tinners snips — Tin snips
- Utility knives
- Wire brushes — Wire cleaning brushes
Technology used in this occupation:
- Production and Processing — Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Near Vision — The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
- Oral Comprehension — The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
- Category Flexibility — The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.
- Control Precision — The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.
- 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).
- Speech Recognition — The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
- Visual Color Discrimination — The ability to match or detect differences between colors, including shades of color and brightness.
- Handling and Moving Objects — Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things.
- Getting Information — Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
- Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings — Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems.
- 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.
- Controlling Machines and Processes — Using either control mechanisms or direct physical activity to operate machines or processes (not including computers or vehicles).
- Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events — Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.
- Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material — Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials to identify the cause of errors or other problems or defects.
- Judging the Qualities of Things, Services, or People — Assessing the value, importance, or quality of things or people.
Detailed Work Activities
- Read work orders or other instructions to determine product specifications or materials requirements.
- Mount materials or workpieces onto production equipment.
- Trim excess material from workpieces.
- Polish materials, workpieces, or finished products.
- Cut industrial materials in preparation for fabrication or processing.
- Weigh finished products.
- Measure materials to mark reference points, cutting lines, or other indicators.
- Operate cutting equipment.
- Adjust fabrics or other materials during garment production.
- Clean workpieces or finished products.
- Set equipment controls to meet cutting specifications.
- Mark products, workpieces, or equipment with identifying information.
- Sort materials or products for processing, storing, shipping, or grading.
- Stack finished items for further processing or shipment.
- Operate grinding equipment.
- Replace worn equipment components.
- Position patterns on equipment, materials, or workpieces.
- Draw guide lines or markings on materials or workpieces using patterns or other references.
- Sharpen cutting or grinding tools.
- Move products, materials, or equipment between work areas.
- Count finished products or workpieces.
- Shape metal workpieces with hammers or other small hand tools.
- Spend Time Standing — 99% responded “Continually or almost continually.”
- Spend Time Using Your Hands to Handle, Control, or Feel Objects, Tools, or Controls — 91% responded “Continually or almost continually.”
- Face-to-Face Discussions — 88% responded “Every day.”
- Time Pressure — 65% responded “Every day.”
- Wear Common Protective or Safety Equipment such as Safety Shoes, Glasses, Gloves, Hearing Protection, Hard Hats, or Life Jackets — 82% responded “Every day.”
- Spend Time Making Repetitive Motions — 70% responded “Continually or almost continually.”
- Exposed to Contaminants — 60% responded “Every day.”
- Work With Work Group or Team — 63% responded “Extremely important.”
- Frequency of Decision Making — 70% responded “Every day.”
- Importance of Being Exact or Accurate — 39% responded “Extremely important.”
- Pace Determined by Speed of Equipment — 77% responded “Extremely important.”
- Impact of Decisions on Co-workers or Company Results — 56% responded “Very important results.”
- Importance of Repeating Same Tasks — 45% responded “Very important.”
- Responsible for Others' Health and Safety — 60% responded “Very high responsibility.”
- Coordinate or Lead Others — 46% responded “Very important.”
- Spend Time Bending or Twisting the Body — 43% responded “Continually or almost continually.”
- Exposed to Hazardous Equipment — 61% responded “Every day.”
- Responsibility for Outcomes and Results — 22% responded “Limited responsibility.”
- Indoors, Environmentally Controlled — 63% responded “Every day.”
- Freedom to Make Decisions — 40% responded “Some freedom.”
- Consequence of Error — 49% responded “Extremely serious.”
- Contact With Others — 45% responded “Occasional contact with others.”
- Level of Competition — 34% responded “Not at all competitive.”
- Duration of Typical Work Week — 84% responded “40 hours.”
- Structured versus Unstructured Work — 41% responded “Very little freedom.”
|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)|
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.
- 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.
- Stress Tolerance — Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations.
- Cooperation — Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.
- 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.
- Self Control — Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations.
- Initiative — Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.
- Integrity — Job requires being honest and ethical.
- Persistence — Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles.
- Innovation — Job requires creativity and alternative thinking to develop new ideas for and answers to work-related problems.
- Achievement/Effort — Job requires establishing and maintaining personally challenging achievement goals and exerting effort toward mastering tasks.
- Leadership — Job requires a willingness to lead, take charge, and offer opinions and direction.
- Analytical Thinking — Job requires analyzing information and using logic to address work-related issues and problems.
- Concern for Others — Job requires being sensitive to others' needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job.
- 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.
- Independence — Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to work on their own and make decisions. Corresponding needs are Creativity, Responsibility and Autonomy.
Wages & Employment Trends
|Median wages (2014)||$12.46 hourly, $25,920 annual|
|Employment (2014)||16,000 employees|
|Projected growth (2014-2024)||Decline (-2% or lower)|
|Projected job openings (2014-2024)||3,100|
|Top industries (2014)|
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2014 wage data and 2014-2024 employment projections . "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.