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Cutters and Trimmers, Hand

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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.

    Work Activities
    • 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.
    • Position templates or measure materials to locate specified points of cuts or to obtain maximum yields, using rules, scales, or patterns.
    • Read work orders to determine dimensions, cutting locations, and quantities to cut.
    • Mark cutting lines around patterns or templates, or follow layout points, using squares, rules, and straightedges, and chalk, pencils, or scribes.
    • Mark identification numbers, trademarks, grades, marketing data, sizes, or model numbers on products.
    • Unroll, lay out, attach, or mount materials or items on cutting tables or machines.
    • Separate materials or products according to size, weight, type, condition, color, or shade.
    • Fold or shape materials before or after cutting them.
    • Lower table-mounted cutters such as knife blades, cutting wheels, or saws to cut items to specified sizes.
    • Stack cut items and load them on racks or conveyors or onto trucks.
    • Adjust guides and stops to control depths and widths of cuts.
    • Replace or sharpen dulled cutting tools such as saws.
    • Count or weigh and bundle items.
    • Clean, treat, buff, or polish finished items, using grinders, brushes, chisels, and cleaning solutions and polishing materials.
    • Route items to provide cutouts for parts, using portable routers, grinders, and hand tools.
    • Transport items to work or storage areas, using carts.
    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.

    • Speaking

      Talking to others to convey information effectively.

    • Time Management

      Managing one's own time and the time of others.

    WorkKeys®
    Applied Math
    4
    Workplace Documents
    4
    Graphic Literacy
    4
    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.

    • Near Vision

      The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).

    • 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.

    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.

    • Mathematics

      Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.

    • English Language

      Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

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    Pay
    • Ohio Annual Salary $28,440/yr
    • Typical Salary
    • Ohio Hourly Wage $13.67/hr
    • Typical Hourly Wage
    Ohio Employment Trends
    • Currently Employed Not Available
    • Yearly Projected Openings Not Available
    Typical Education
    Personality
    Realistic: People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They do well at jobs that need:
    • Attention to Detail
    • Dependability
    • Cooperation
    • Integrity
    • Achievement/Effort
    • Independence
    Tools
    • Saws
    • Rotary paper or fabric cutter
    • Razor knives
    • Power saws
    • Metal cutters
    Technology
    • Word processing software
    • Spreadsheet software
    • Electronic mail software
    Tags
    • Apprenticeships are available for this occupation. These programs can help you get hands-on experience and build your skills.