Shoe and Leather Workers and Repairers

Also called : Boot Maker, Cutter, Lacer, Leather Production Worker, Leather Worker, Saddle and Harness Maker, Shoe Cutter, Shoe Maker, Shoe Repairer, Shoe Repairman

What they do

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

On the job, one would

  • 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, or rivets.

  • Align and stitch or glue materials such as fabric, fleece, leather, or wood, to join parts.

  • Dye, soak, polish, paint, stamp, stitch, stain, buff, or engrave leather or other materials to obtain desired effects, decorations, or shapes.




      • 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.

      • 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.

      • 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.


      People interested in this work, will do well at jobs that need;

      • Dependability
        Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.

      • 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.

      • Attention to Detail
        Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.

      • Integrity
        Job requires being honest and ethical.

      • Cooperation
        Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.

      • Initiative
        Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.

      • Innovation
        Job requires creativity and alternative thinking to develop new ideas for and answers to work-related problems.

      • Achievement/Effort
        Job requires establishing and maintaining personally challenging achievement goals and exerting effort toward mastering tasks.

      • Persistence
        Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles.

      • Adaptability/Flexibility
        Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace.


      • Accounting software

      • Inventory management software

      • Point of sale POS software

      • Spreadsheet software


      • Preparation

        Some Preparation Needed

      • Education

        High school diploma.

      • Experience

        Some previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is usually needed.

      • Jobtraining

        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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