Leather goods manual operator

Description

Leather goods manual operators handle tools to prepare the joint of the pieces in order to ready the pieces to be stitched or to close the already existing pieces stitched together in order to give shape to the leather good products.

Other titles

The following job titles also refer to leather goods manual operator:

leather parts manipulator
manual operator
hand operator
leather components manipulator

Minimum qualifications

No formal educational credential is generally required to work as a leather goods manual operator.

ISCO skill level

ISCO skill level is defined as a function of the complexity and range of tasks and duties to be performed in an occupation. It is measured on a scale from 1 to 4, with 1 the lowest level and 4 the highest, by considering:

  • the nature of the work performed in an occupation in relation to the characteristic tasks and duties
  • the level of formal education required for competent performance of the tasks and duties involved and
  • the amount of informal on-the-job training and/or previous experience in a related occupation required for competent performance of these tasks and duties.

Leather goods manual operator is a Skill level 2 occupation.

Leather goods manual operator career path

Similar occupations

These occupations, although different, require a lot of knowledge and skills similar to leather goods manual operator.

leather goods finishing operator
leather goods warehouse operator
leather goods packing operator
leather goods hand stitcher
leather goods quality controller

Long term prospects

These occupations require some skills and knowledge of leather goods manual operator. They also require other skills and knowledge, but at a higher ISCO skill level, meaning these occupations are accessible from a position of leather goods manual operator with a significant experience and/or extensive training.

leather goods quality control laboratory technician
leather goods quality technician
footwear quality control laboratory technician
leather goods product developer
leather goods manufacturing technician

Essential knowledge

This knowledge should be acquired through learning to fulfill the role of leather goods manual operator.

  • Leather goods manufacturing processes: The processes, technology and machinery involved in the leather goods manufacturing.
  • Leather goods components: The various procedures and methods in the processing of leather materials and leather goods components like manufacturability and properties.
  • Leather goods quality: The quality specifications of materials, processes, and final products, the most common defects in leather, quick tests procedures, laboratory tests procedures and standards, and the adequate equipment for quality checks.
  • Leather goods materials: The wide range of materials used in leather goods production: leather, leather substitutes (synthetics or artificial materials), textile, etc; the way of distinguishing among various materials based on their properties, advantages and limitations.

Optional knowledge and skills

Optional knowledge

This knowledge is sometimes, but not always, required for the role of leather goods manual operator. However, mastering this knowledge allows you to have more opportunities for career development.

  • Aesthetics: Set of principles based on which something is appealing and beautiful.

Optional skills and competences

These skills and competences are sometimes, but not always, required for the role of leather goods manual operator. However, mastering these skills and competences allows you to have more opportunities for career development.

  • Apply footwear and leather goods quality control techniques: Apply quality control in footwear and leather goods. Analyse the material, component or model using relevant quality criteria. Compare the material and other components received from the suppliers, or the final product, to standards. Use visual observation and report findings. Control the quantity of leather in the warehouse. Submit components to laboratory control test when necessary. Define the corrective measures when called for.
  • Reduce environmental impact of footwear manufacturing: Assess the environmental impact of footwear manufacture and minimise environmental risks. Reduce environmentally harmful work practices in different stages of the footwear manufacturing.
  • Follow written instructions: Follow written directions in order to perform a task or carry out a step-by-step procedure.
  • Use communication techniques: Apply techniques of communication which allow interlocutors to better understand each other and communicate accurately in the transmission of messages.
  • Apply technical communication skills: Explain technical details to non-technical customers, stakeholders, or any other interested parties in a clear and concise manner.
  • Follow production schedule: Follow production schedule taking into account all requirements, times and needs. This schedule outlines what individual commodities must be produced in each time period and encapsulates various concerns like production, staffing, inventory, etc. It is usually linked to manufacturing where the plan indicates when and how much of each product will be demanded. Utilise all the information in the actual implementation of the plan.
  • Use IT tools: Application of computers, computer networks and other information technologies and equipment to storing, retrieving, transmitting and manipulating data, in the context of a business or enterprise.

ISCO group and title

7536 – Shoemakers and related workers


References
  1. Leather goods manual operator – ESCO
Last updated on October 22, 2022

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