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Shoe and Leather Workers and Repairers

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Construct, decorate, or repair leather and leather-like products, such as luggage, shoes, and saddles.

    Work Activities
    • Dress and otherwise finish boots or shoes, as by trimming the edges of new soles and heels to the shoe shape.
    • Estimate the costs of requested products or services such as custom footwear or footwear repair, and receive payment from customers.
    • Attach insoles to shoe lasts, affix shoe uppers, and apply heels and outsoles.
    • Cement, nail, or sew soles and heels to shoes.
    • Cut out parts, following patterns or outlines, using knives, shears, scissors, or machine presses.
    • Construct, decorate, or repair leather products according to specifications, using sewing machines, needles and thread, leather lacing, glue, clamps, hand tools, or rivets.
    • Shape shoe heels with a knife, and sand them on a buffing wheel for smoothness.
    • Repair or replace soles, heels, and other parts of footwear, using sewing, buffing and other shoe repair machines, materials, and equipment.
    • Make, modify, and repair orthopedic or therapeutic footwear according to doctors' prescriptions, or modify existing footwear for people with foot problems and special needs.
    • Repair and recondition leather products such as trunks, luggage, shoes, saddles, belts, purses, and baseball gloves.
    • Align and stitch or glue materials such as fabric, fleece, leather, or wood, to join parts.
    • Place shoes on lasts to remove soles and heels, using knives or pliers.
    • Dye, soak, polish, paint, stamp, stitch, stain, buff, or engrave leather or other materials to obtain desired effects, decorations, or shapes.
    • Clean and polish shoes.
    • Check the texture, color, and strength of leather to ensure that it is adequate for a particular purpose.
    • Read prescriptions or specifications, and take measurements to establish the type of product to be made, using calipers, tape measures, or rules.
    • Inspect articles for defects, and remove damaged or worn parts, using hand tools.
    • Drill or punch holes and insert or attach metal rings, handles, and fastening hardware, such as buckles.
    • Attach accessories or ornamentation to decorate or protect products.
    • Select materials and patterns, and trace patterns onto materials to be cut out.
    • Cut, insert, position, and secure paddings, cushioning, or linings, using stitches or glue.
    • Draw patterns, using measurements, designs, plaster casts, or customer specifications, and position or outline patterns on work pieces.
    • Measure customers for fit, and discuss with them the type of footwear to be made, recommending details such as leather quality.
    • Stretch shoes, dampening parts and inserting and twisting parts, using an adjustable stretcher.
    • Nail heel and toe cleats onto shoes.
    • Prepare inserts, heel pads, and lifts from casts of customers' feet.
    • Re-sew seams, and replace handles and linings of suitcases or handbags.
    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.

    • Critical Thinking

      Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

    • Speaking

      Talking to others to convey information effectively.

    WorkKeys®
    Applied Math
    3
    Workplace Documents
    4
    Graphic Literacy
    4
    Abilities
    • 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.

    • 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).

    Knowledge
    • Customer and Personal Service

      Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.

    • English Language

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

    • Mathematics

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

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    Pay
    • Ohio Annual Salary $25,770/yr
    • Typical Salary
    • Ohio Hourly Wage $12.39/hr
    • Typical Hourly Wage
    Ohio Employment Trends
    • Currently Employed 480
    • Yearly Projected Openings 40
    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:
    • Dependability
    • Independence
    • Attention to Detail
    • Integrity
    • Cooperation
    • Initiative
    Tools
    • Shears
    • Sewing machines
    • Punches or nail sets or drifts
    • Leather cutting machines
    • Blade sharpener
    Technology
    • Point of sale POS software
    • Inventory management software
    • Accounting software
    Tags
    • Apprenticeships are available for this occupation. These programs can help you get hands-on experience and build your skills.