CompGeo Salary Survey Benchmark Job Summary and Competencies

Shoe and Leather Workers and Repairers, Precision

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CompGeo Occupation Group: Services
Job Family: Services - Other
Benchmark Title: Shoe and Leather Workers and Repairers, Precision
Summary Job Description Tasks
Construct, decorate, or repair leather and leather-like products, such as luggage, shoes, and saddles. 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, and/or rivets.
Align and stitch or glue materials such as fabric, fleece, leather, or wood, in order to join parts.
Dye, soak, polish, paint, stamp, stitch, stain, buff, or engrave leather or other materials to obtain desired effects, decorations, or shapes.
Select materials and patterns, and trace patterns onto materials to be cut out.
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.
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.
Place shoes on lasts to remove soles and heels, using knives and/or pliers.
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; then insert or attach metal rings, handles, and fastening hardware such as buckles.
Attach accessories or ornamentation to decorate or protect products.
Cut, insert, position, and secure paddings, cushioning, and/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, first dampening parts; then 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.
CompGeo Occupation Group: Services
Job Family: Services - Other
Benchmark Title: Shoe and Leather Workers and Repairers, Precision
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.
Mathematics Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
CompGeo Occupation Group: Services
Job Family: Services - Other
Benchmark Title: Shoe and Leather Workers and Repairers, Precision
Important Skill Competencies Competency Description
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.
Monitoring Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
Social Perceptiveness Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
Operation Monitoring Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
Judgment and Decision Making Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
CompGeo Occupation Group: Services
Job Family: Services - Other
Benchmark Title: Shoe and Leather Workers and Repairers, Precision
Important Ability Competencies Competency Description
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.
Near Vision The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
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.
Control Precision The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.
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.
Oral Comprehension The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
Oral Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
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.
Deductive Reasoning The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
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.
Inductive Reasoning The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
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.
Visual Color Discrimination The ability to match or detect differences between colors, including shades of color and brightness.
CompGeo Occupation Group: Services
Job Family: Services - Other
Benchmark Title: Shoe and Leather Workers and Repairers, Precision
Prerequisite Qualification Category Education and Experience Level
Required Level of Education High School Diploma (or GED or High School Equivalence Certificate)
Related Work Experience None
On-Site or In-Plant Training Over 3 months, up to and including 6 months
On-the-Job Training Over 1 month, up to and including 3 months
CompGeo Occupation Group: Services
Job Family: Services - Other
Benchmark Title: Shoe and Leather Workers and Repairers, Precision
Alternate Job Title(s)
Back Shoe Cutter
Backshoe Person
Belt Maker
Bench Hand
Boot Maker
Boot Repairer
Bottom Cementer
Cobbler Apprentice
Crowning Inspector
Custom Leather Products Maker
Custom Shoemaker
Finger Cobbler
Glove Factory Sewer
Hand Bootmaker
Harness Maker
Harnessmaker Apprentice
Industrial Sewer
Last Repairer Helper
Leather Cutter
Leather Lacer
Leather Production Worker
Leather Stamper
Leather Worker
Luggage Maker
Luggage Repairer
Orthopedic Boot and Shoe Designer and Maker
Orthopedic Shoe Maker
Pad Hand
Saddle Maker
Saddle Mechanic
Saddle and Harness Maker
Sample Shoe Inspector and Reworker
Sewing Machine Operator
Shoe Cobbler
Shoe Cutter
Shoe Designer
Shoe Dyer
Shoe Maker
Shoe Reconditioner
Shoe Repairer
Shoe Repairer Apprentice
Shoe Repairer Helper
Shoe Repairman
Shoe Stainer
Shoe Stitcher
Shoemaker Apprentice
Skate Maker
Trimming Cutter
Upper Cutter
Western Tack Assembly Line Worker
CompGeo Occupation Group: Services
Job Family: Services - Other
Benchmark Title: Shoe and Leather Workers and Repairers, Precision
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