Sewing machine operators sew fabric, fur, and synthetic materials to produce and repair garments/other articles. They also operate tackers, buttonhole makers, hemmers, and other machines.
A. Fabric cutters make parts for garments and other articles. They frequently use computer numerically controlled (CNC) cutting devices.
B. Fur cutters cut pelts to make parts for garments/other articles.
C. Leather cutters cut parts for shoes, garments, and other articles.
D. Hide and pelt processing workers trim, scrape, clean, tan, buff, and dye animal hides, pelts, and skins to produce leather stock/finished furs.
E. Inspectors and testers inspect and grade hides, pelts, leather, garments, and other manufactured fabric, fur, and leather products.
1. Clothing manufacturing - 66.0%
2. Leather and allied product manufacturing - 6.0%
3. Textile product mills - 6.0%
4. Furniture and related product manufacturing - 5.0%
5. Miscellaneous manufacturing - 3.0%
6. Retail trade - 2.0%
7. Wholesale trade - 2.0%
1. In general, you usually need some high school or a high school diploma.
2. You usually receive on-the-job training and may need previous experience.
3. To work as an inspector or tester, you must have experience in product manufacturing.
4. Most recent entrants have a either a trade/vocational certificate or a community college diploma.
1. Computer Basics - Word and Excel
3. Machine Shop
4. Family Studies (Home Economics)
The average hourly wages for Machine Operators and Related Workers in Fabric, Fur and Leather Products Manufacturing is $10.59/HR, which is below average for occupations in the processing, manufacturing and utilities sector and are below average for all intermediate occupations. These wages grew at a below-average rate from 2002 to 2004.