Operates or tends a variety of machines to join, decorate, reinforce, or finish shoes and shoe parts.
This career is part of the Manufacturing cluster Production/Process Technology pathway.
A person in this career:
- Studies work orders or shoe part tags to obtain information about workloads, specifications, and the types of materials to be used.
- Removes and examines shoes, shoe parts, and designs to verify conformance to specifications such as proper embedding of stitches in channels.
- Performs routine equipment maintenance such as cleaning and lubricating machines or replacing broken needles.
- Cuts excess thread or material from shoe parts, using scissors or knives.
- Turns screws to regulate size of staples.
- Aligns parts to be stitched, following seams, edges, or markings, before positioning them under needles.
- Turns setscrews on needle bars, and positions required numbers of needles in stitching machines.
- Switches on machines, lowers pressure feet or rollers to secure parts, and starts machine stitching, using hand, foot, or knee controls.
- Collects shoe parts from conveyer belts or racks and places them in machinery such as ovens or on molds for dressing, returning them to conveyers or racks to send them to the next work station.
- Positions dies on material in a manner that will obtain the maximum number of parts from each portion of material.