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Cutters and Trimmers, Hand

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.   (O'Net 51-9031.00)

 
Reported job titles:   Aluminum Sheet Cutter, Banana Room Cutter, Basket Mender, Basting Cleaner, Basting Puller, Belt Splicer   (view all job titles)
 
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    Wages
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     Location Pay
    Period
    2016
    Percentile Wages Average
    Wage
    10% 25% 50%
    Median
    75% 90%
     Vermont Hourly $ 12.11   $ 13.71   $ 16.82   $ 20.92   $ 25.54   $ 17.63  
    Yearly $25,180   $28,510   $34,990   $43,520   $53,130   $36,660  
     
     Southern Vermont Balance of State Hourly $ 11.44   $ 12.78   $ 14.53   $ 16.92   $ 18.46   $ 14.64  
    Yearly $23,790   $26,590   $30,220   $35,200   $38,390   $30,460  
     
     Northern Vermont Balance of State Hourly $ 18.42   $ 20.66   $ 23.22   $ 26.35   $ 29.40   $ 23.28  
    Yearly $38,310   $42,980   $48,290   $54,810   $61,160   $48,430  
     
    What are Percentile Wages?
    source: Occupational Employment Statistics, Vermont Labor Market Information, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, released April 2017.
     


    Employment Trends
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    Location Employment Annual % change
    (compounded)
    Annual job openings
    (due to growth and
    net replacements)
    2014 2024
    Vermont 81 74 -0.9% 2
    source: Employment Projections, Vermont Economic & Labor Market Information, in cooperation with U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, statewide estimates released July 2016.
     


    Industries of Employment
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    Industry Percent of Total
    2014
    Apparel, leather and allied product manufacturing 20.0%
    Plastics and rubber products manufacturing 16.8%
    Furniture and related product manufacturing 8.2%
    Nonmetallic mineral product manufacturing 8.1%
    Textile product mills 7.0%
    source: Employment Projections, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, National Employment Matrix, released July 2016.
     


    Tasks
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  • 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.
     
  • Separate materials or products according to size, weight, type, condition, color, or shade.
     
  • Mark identification numbers, trademarks, grades, marketing data, sizes, or model numbers on products.
     
  • Read work orders to determine dimensions, cutting locations, and quantities to cut.
     
  • Count or weigh and bundle items.
     
  • Mark cutting lines around patterns or templates, or follow layout points, using squares, rules, and straightedges, and chalk, pencils, or scribes.
     
  • Unroll, lay out, attach, or mount materials or items on cutting tables or machines.
     
  • Stack cut items and load them on racks or conveyors or onto trucks.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Cutters and Trimmers, Hand  updated June 2007
     


    Knowledge
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  • 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.
     
  • Chemistry - Knowledge of the chemical composition, structure, and properties of substances and of the chemical processes and transformations that they undergo. This includes uses of chemicals and their interactions, danger signs, production techniques, and disposal methods.
     
  • 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.
     
  • Design - Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
     
  • Education and Training - Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
     
  • Engineering and Technology - Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.
     
  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
     
  • Mechanical - Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
     
  • Physics - Knowledge and prediction of physical principles, laws, their interrelationships, and applications to understanding fluid, material, and atmospheric dynamics, and mechanical, electrical, atomic and sub- atomic structures and processes.
     
  • Production and Processing - Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Cutters and Trimmers, Hand  updated June 2007
     


    Skills
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  • 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.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Cutters and Trimmers, Hand  updated June 2010
     


    Abilities
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  • 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.
     
  • 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.
     
  • 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.
     
  • Near Vision - The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
     
  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
     
  • Category Flexibility - The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.
     
  • Control Precision - The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.
     
  • Information Ordering - The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
     
  • Speech Recognition - The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
     
  • Visual Color Discrimination - The ability to match or detect differences between colors, including shades of color and brightness.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Cutters and Trimmers, Hand  updated June 2007
     


    Work Activities
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  • Handling and Moving Objects - Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things.
     
  • Getting Information - Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
     
  • Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings - Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems.
     
  • Performing General Physical Activities - Performing physical activities that require considerable use of your arms and legs and moving your whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling of materials.
     
  • Controlling Machines and Processes - Using either control mechanisms or direct physical activity to operate machines or processes (not including computers or vehicles).
     
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events - Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.
     
  • Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material - Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials to identify the cause of errors or other problems or defects.
     
  • Judging the Qualities of Things, Services, or People - Assessing the value, importance, or quality of things or people.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Cutters and Trimmers, Hand  updated June 2007
     


    Interests
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  • Realistic - Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others.
     
  • Conventional - Conventional occupations frequently involve following set procedures and routines. These occupations can include working with data and details more than with ideas. Usually there is a clear line of authority to follow.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Cutters and Trimmers, Hand  updated June 2008
     


    Work Styles
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  • Dependability - Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.
     
  • Attention to Detail - Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.
     
  • Stress Tolerance - Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations.
     
  • Cooperation - Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.
     
  • Independence - Job requires developing one's own ways of doing things, guiding oneself with little or no supervision, and depending on oneself to get things done.
     
  • Adaptability/Flexibility - Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace.
     
  • Self Control - Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations.
     
  • Initiative - Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.
     
  • Integrity - Job requires being honest and ethical.
     
  • Persistence - Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Cutters and Trimmers, Hand  updated June 2007
     


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    Education and Training Requirements
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  • Training: Employees in these occupations need anywhere from a few months to one year of working with experienced employees. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.
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  • Experience: Some previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is usually needed. For example, a teller would benefit from experience working directly with the public.
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    source: Occupational Information Network: Cutters and Trimmers, Hand  updated June 2007
     


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    source: Occupational Information Network: Cutters and Trimmers, Hand 
     

     
     
     
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