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NOC Code: NOC Code: 9445 Occupation: Fabric, fur and leather cutters
Occupation Description: Occupation Description:
Fabric cutters cut fabric to make parts for garments, linens and other articles. Fur cutters cut fur pelts to make parts for garments and other fur articles. Leather cutters cut leather to make parts for shoes, garments and other leather articles. Fabric cutters are employed by clothing and textile manufacturers and other manufacturers of fabric products. Fur cutters are employed by furriers and fur products manufacturers. Leather cutters are employed by shoe and other leather products manufacturers. Fabric cutters cut fabric to make parts for garments, linens and other articles. Fur cutters cut fur pelts to make parts for garments and other fur articles. Leather cutters cut leather to make parts for shoes, garments and other leather articles. Fabric cutters are employed by clothing and textile manufacturers and other manufacturers of fabric products. Fur cutters are employed by furriers and fur products manufacturers. Leather cutters are employed by shoe and other leather products manufacturers.

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Essential Skills Essential Skills Levels
Reading Reading 1 2 3
Writing Writing 1 2
Document Use Document Use 1 2 3
Oral Communication Oral Communication 1 2
Money Math Money Math 1 2
Scheduling or Budgeting and Accounting Scheduling or Budgeting and Accounting 1 2
Measurement and Calculation Measurement and Calculation 1 2 3
Numerical Estimation Numerical Estimation 1 2 3
Job Task Planning and Organizing Job Task Planning and Organizing 1
Decision Making Decision Making 1 2 3
Problem Solving Problem Solving 1 2 3
Finding Information Finding Information 1


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Reading
  • Read brief notes giving instructions about particular orders or about changes to orders. (1)
  • Refer to product specifications to determine the quality of leather to be used. (2)
  • Read memos about upcoming meetings or about new health and safety measures. (2)
  • Read textbooks explaining grades and uses of different types of leather in order to explain this information to customers. (3)
  • Refer to procedures manuals, for example to find information about how products are made or how machines are operated. (3)
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Writing
  • Make notes on tickets or directly on material. (1)
  • Fill in coupons to calculate earnings, depending on the number of layers of material, the length of the fabric and the completion time. (1)
  • Write reminder notes about the parts of shoes already cut or other production matters. (1)
  • Write unit and piece quantities on cutting summaries. (1)
  • Write orders, including names, addresses and stock numbers. (1)
  • Write letters to customers, which may include instructions on how to assemble materials. (2)
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Document Use
  • Read dye number labels and fabric labels which indicate codes, colour and lengths of fabric. (1)
  • Read health and safety signs posted in the workplace. (1)
  • Complete bundle tags, including worksheet numbers and sizes of products, such as gloves. (1)
  • Use patterns showing the width of the fabric on which the pieces are to be laid, the size and number of pieces and how they should be laid on the fabric. (2)
  • Read tickets, documenting the number of products that must be completed, the footage of material allowed for the job, pattern numbers, the number of pairs per pattern and prices of jobs. (2)
  • Complete invoices with stock numbers, names, addresses and costs. (2)
  • Read schedules which show the time line for completing production runs. (2)
  • Read Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) labels. (2)
  • Read completed cutting order forms providing information on how many items to cut, the parts to cut, such as back yokes, and special instructions relating to washing or bleaching. (2)
  • Record the numbers of products cut and the production of all the cutters and compare with standards. (2)
  • Read production lists and specification sheets, indicating the number of products to be fabricated, the footage of material allowed for jobs, pattern numbers, quantities per pattern and the prices of jobs. (2)
  • Use templates to cut shoes to proper specifications. (3)
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Oral Communication
  • Receive work instructions from lead hands or supervisors, such as how many pieces of fabric to spread. (1)
  • Discuss work issues with co-workers such as cutting techniques or possible uses for discarded materials. (2)
  • Speak with customers in person or on the phone regarding products they have requested. For example, help customers choose the leather or hardware. (2)
  • Participate in group discussions with supervisors, foremen, workers and union representatives regarding the quality of fabrics, cutting techniques, safety issues and housekeeping requirements. (2)
  • Interact with supervisors to discuss new jobs, patterns or problems. (2)
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Money Math
  • Calculate bills for customers, including taxes. (2)
  • Calculate and verify wages for piecework. (2)
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Scheduling or Budgeting and Accounting
  • Plan cuts to make maximum use of material. (2)
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Measurement and Calculation
  • Measure allowances on leather pieces using a tape measure. (1)
  • Calculate the area of a piece of fabric. (2)
  • Measure the length, width and thickness and calculate the square footage of irregularly shaped fabrics to determine the number of products that can be cut from them and with what amount of waste. (3)
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Numerical Estimation
  • Estimate whether there is enough material to complete orders so that more can be ordered if necessary. (2)
  • Estimate the cost of completing a product run. (3)
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Job Task Planning and Organizing
  • Fabric, fur and leather cutters usually receive priorities and task sequencing from supervisors. They may determine the cutting order themselves during rush orders to meet production deadlines. Tasks are repetitive and work is rarely disrupted. (1)
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Decision Making
  • Decide when to report a broken machinery part. (1)
  • Decide how to cut fabrics, considering fabric quality and characteristics. (2)
  • Determine which dyes to use to get the most out of each fabric or piece of leather. (2)
  • Decide where to place cutting dyes by stretching fabrics and figuring out ways around marks. (2)
  • Decide whether a fabric can be used for a large order when there is extensive damage to the roll of fabric. If the wrong decision is made there will be a cost to the company. (3)
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Problem Solving
  • All work assignments have been completed and the supervisor is unavailable to assign new work. Assess what might be additional work and begin it while waiting for the supervisor to return. (1)
  • Machinery breakdowns have occurred. Either fix the problem or call upon the supervisors to call mechanics. Until the repairs are carried out, it may be necessary to continue to use the machinery even though it is not functioning properly. In these cases, compare possible loss of revenue to further damage which could occur with continued use. (2)
  • There is bad stock, such as marked or discoloured leather, and it is necessary to determine the best possible use for this damaged stock Report the damage to the supervisors and figure out the best way to use the materials. For example, if making shoes, the material may be stretched more thoroughly, dye may need to be placed to avoid marks or places need to be found on the shoes where the mark will not show. (2)
  • A customer has presented a problem which calls for a creative solution. For example, the leather may need to be customized to arrive at a specified product design. (3)
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Finding Information
  • Refer to product and cutting summaries to confirm quantities and qualities of products. (1)
  • Ask foreperson the proper ways of cutting certain styles. (1)
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