CompGeo Salary Survey Benchmark Job Summary and Competencies

Upholsterers

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CompGeo Occupation Group: Services
Job Family: Services - Other
Benchmark Title: Upholsterers
 
Summary Job Description Tasks
Make, repair, or replace upholstery for household furniture or transportation vehicles. Fit, install, and secure material on frames, using hand tools, power tools, glue, cement, and/or staples.
 
Build furniture up with loose fiber stuffing, cotton, felt, and/or foam padding to form smooth rounded surfaces.
 
Examine furniture frames, upholstery, springs, and webbing to locate defects.
 
Attach fasteners, grommets, buttons, buckles, ornamental trim, and other accessories to covers or frames, using hand tools.
 
Remove covering, webbing, padding, and/or defective springs from workpieces, using hand tools such as hammers and tack pullers.
 
Read work orders, and apply knowledge and experience with materials in order to determine types and amounts of materials required to cover workpieces.
 
Draw cutting lines on material following patterns, templates, sketches, or blueprints, using chalk, pencils, paint, or other methods.
 
Make, restore, and/or create custom upholstered furniture, using hand tools and knowledge of fabrics and upholstery methods.
 
Measure and cut new covering materials, using patterns and measuring and cutting instruments, following sketches and design specifications.
 
Maintain records of time required to perform each job.
 
Discuss upholstery fabrics, colors, and styles with customers, and provide cost estimates.
 
Repair furniture frames and refinish exposed wood.
 
Operate sewing machines or sew upholstery by hand to seam cushions and join various sections of covering material.
 
Pick up and deliver furniture.
 
Interweave and fasten strips of webbing to the backs and undersides of furniture, using small hand tools and fasteners.
 
Sew rips or tears in material, or create tufting, using needles and thread.
 
Attach bindings or apply solutions to edges of cut material to prevent raveling.
 
Adjust or replace webbing, padding, and/or springs, and secure them in place.
 
Stretch webbing and fabric, using webbing stretchers.
 
Design upholstery cover patterns and cutting plans, based on sketches, customer descriptions, or blueprints.
 
Make, repair, and/or replace automobile upholstery and convertible and vinyl tops, using knowledge of fabric and upholstery methods.
 
Collaborate with interior designers to decorate rooms and coordinate furnishing fabrics.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Services
Job Family: Services - Other
Benchmark Title: Upholsterers
 
Important Knowledge Competencies Competency Description
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.
 
Production and Processing Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Services
Job Family: Services - Other
Benchmark Title: Upholsterers
 
Important Skill Competencies Competency Description
Critical Thinking Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
 
Active Learning Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
 
Operation Monitoring Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
 
Operation and Control Controlling operations of equipment or systems.
 
Quality Control Analysis Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.
 
Judgment and Decision Making Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
 
Reading Comprehension Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
 
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.
 
Monitoring Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
 
Complex Problem Solving Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
 
Time Management Managing one's own time and the time of others.
 
Social Perceptiveness Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
 
Coordination Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
 
Service Orientation Actively looking for ways to help people.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Services
Job Family: Services - Other
Benchmark Title: Upholsterers
 
Important Ability Competencies Competency Description
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.
 
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.
 
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.
 
Multilimb Coordination The ability to coordinate two or more limbs (for example, two arms, two legs, or one leg and one arm) while sitting, standing, or lying down. It does not involve performing the activities while the whole body is in motion.
 
Visual Color Discrimination The ability to match or detect differences between colors, including shades of color and brightness.
 
Control Precision The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.
 
Near Vision The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
 
Visualization The ability to imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged.
 
Trunk Strength The ability to use your abdominal and lower back muscles to support part of the body repeatedly or continuously over time without 'giving out' or fatiguing.
 
Problem Sensitivity The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
 
Selective Attention The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.
 
Static Strength The ability to exert maximum muscle force to lift, push, pull, or carry objects.
 
Written Comprehension The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
 
Originality The ability to come up with unusual or clever ideas about a given topic or situation, or to develop creative ways to solve a problem.
 
Deductive Reasoning The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
 
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).
 
Category Flexibility The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.
 
Flexibility of Closure The ability to identify or detect a known pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) that is hidden in other distracting material.
 
Oral Comprehension The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
 
Fluency of Ideas The ability to come up with a number of ideas about a topic (the number of ideas is important, not their quality, correctness, or creativity).
 
Extent Flexibility The ability to bend, stretch, twist, or reach with your body, arms, and/or legs.
 
Far Vision The ability to see details at a distance.
 
Depth Perception The ability to judge which of several objects is closer or farther away from you, or to judge the distance between you and an object.
 
Speech Recognition The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
 
Speech Clarity The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
 
Oral Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
 
Inductive Reasoning The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
 
Perceptual Speed The ability to quickly and accurately compare similarities and differences among sets of letters, numbers, objects, pictures, or patterns. The things to be compared may be presented at the same time or one after the other. This ability also includes comparing a presented object with a remembered object.
 
Wrist-Finger Speed The ability to make fast, simple, repeated movements of the fingers, hands, and wrists.
 
Dynamic Strength The ability to exert muscle force repeatedly or continuously over time. This involves muscular endurance and resistance to muscle fatigue.
 
Response Orientation The ability to choose quickly between two or more movements in response to two or more different signals (lights, sounds, pictures). It includes the speed with which the correct response is started with the hand, foot, or other body part.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Services
Job Family: Services - Other
Benchmark Title: Upholsterers
 
Prerequisite Qualification Category Education and Experience Level
Required Level of Education High School Diploma (or GED or High School Equivalence Certificate)
 
On-the-Job Training Anything beyond short demonstration, up to and including 1 month
 
On-Site or In-Plant Training Up to and including 1 month
 
Related Work Experience None
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Services
Job Family: Services - Other
Benchmark Title: Upholsterers
 
Alternate Job Title(s)
Aircraft Seat Upholsterer
Arm Maker
Arm Rest Builder
Arm Upholsterer
Auto Top Mechanic
Auto Upholsterer
Automobile Upholsterer
Automobile Upholsterer Apprentice
Automotive Upholsterer
Back Upholsterer
Body Trimmer Upholsterer
Box Spring Upholsterer
Car Seat Coverer
Car Seat Maker
Car Seat Upholsterer
Casket Coverer
Casket Trimmer
Chair Pad Maker
Chair Upholsterer
Convertible Top Installer
Decorator
Dining Chair Seat Cushion Trimmer
Dining Chair Trimmer
Furniture Upholsterer
Furniture Upholsterer Apprentice
Furniture Upholstery Mechanic
Gimp Tacker
Inside Upholsterer
Limousine and Hearse Upholsterer
Recliner Arm Line Upholsterer
Seat Cover Cutter
Seat Cover Installer
Seat Coverer
Seat Covers Trimmer
Seating Upholsterer
Sleeper Arm Line Upholsterer
Slip Cover Cutter
Slipcover Cutter
Sofa Back Upholsterer
Stapler
Top Installer
Top and Trim Worker
Trimmer
Upholstered Goods Crafter
Upholsterer
Upholsterer Apprentice
Upholstery Auto Trimmer
Upholstery Cutter
Upholstery Designer
Upholstery Mechanic
Upholstery Pattern Designer
Upholstery Repairer
Upholstery Trimmer
Vinyl Top Installer
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Services
Job Family: Services - Other
Benchmark Title: Upholsterers
 
 
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