Shoe and Leather Workers and Repairers

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About the Job

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

It is also Called

  • Western Tack Assembly Line Worker
  • Upper Cutter
  • Trimming Cutter
  • Stitcher
  • Skate Maker
  • Shoemaker Apprentice
  • Shoemaker
  • Shoe Stitcher
  • Shoe Stainer
  • Shoe Repairman
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What They Do

  • Re-sew seams, and replace handles and linings of suitcases or handbags.
  • Prepare inserts, heel pads, and lifts from casts of customers' feet.
  • Nail heel and toe cleats onto shoes.
  • Stretch shoes, dampening parts and inserting and twisting parts, using an adjustable stretcher.
  • Measure customers for fit, and discuss with them the type of footwear to be made, recommending details such as leather quality.
  • Draw patterns, using measurements, designs, plaster casts, or customer specifications, and position or outline patterns on work pieces.
  • Cut, insert, position, and secure paddings, cushioning, or linings, using stitches or glue.
  • Attach accessories or ornamentation to decorate or protect products.
  • Drill or punch holes and insert or attach metal rings, handles, and fastening hardware, such as buckles.
  • Inspect articles for defects, and remove damaged or worn parts, using hand tools.

Interests

People who work in this occupation generally have the interest code: RCA.

This means people who work in this occupation generally have Realistic interests, but also prefer Conventional and Artistic environments.

Work Values

People who work in this occupation generally prize Support, but also value Achievement and Relationships in their jobs.

Things They Need to Know

  • 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.
  • Mechanical - Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
  • Administration and Management - Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.

Things They Need to Be Able to Do

  • 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.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Operation Monitoring - Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
  • Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
  • Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

Education Required

These occupations usually require a high school diploma.

Wages

In 2016, the average annual wage in Pennsylvania was $20,400 with most people making between $16,060 and $28,790

Outlook

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avg. annual growth

During 2014, this occupation employed approximately 210 people in Pennsylvania. It is projected that there will be 200 employed in 2024.

This occupation will have about 0 openings due to growth and about 0 replacement openings for approximately 0 total annual openings.



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