What do they do?

Set up, operate, or tend machines that cut textiles.

Also known as:

Automated Cutting Machine Operator, CNC Cutting Operator (Computer Numerical Control Cutting Operator), Cutter, Cutter Operator, Die Cut Operator, Fabric Cutter, Glove Cutter, Laser Operator, Spread Cutter, Spreader, Textile Slitting Machine Operator, Trim Operator, Trimmer, Twill Cutter

Typical Wages

Projected Growth Rate

Employment of Textile Cutting Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders is projected to show little or no change from 2020 to 2030.

Projected Employment in VA

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    Ranks #27 in job growth rate

    Job Openings

    Ranks #24 in net job growth

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Education Level

Percent of workers in this field with these degrees:

  • Doctorate or Professional Degree  (<1%)
  • Master's degree  (3%)
  • Bachelor's degree  (6%)
  • Associate's degree  (5%)
  • Some college, no degree  (13%)
  • High school diploma equivalent  (42%)
  • Less than high school diploma  (30%)

People in this career often have these skills:

  • Operations Monitoring - Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
  • Operation and Control - Controlling operations of equipment or systems.

People in this career often have talent in:

  • 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.

People in this career often do these activities:

  • Feed materials or products into or through equipment.
  • Operate textile cutting or production equipment.
  • Inspect products or operations to ensure that standards are met.
  • Inspect work to ensure standards are met.
  • Inspect textile products.
  • Set equipment controls to meet cutting specifications.
  • Cut fabrics.
  • Position patterns on equipment, materials, or workpieces.
  • Program equipment to perform production tasks.
  • Study blueprints or other instructions to determine equipment setup requirements.
  • Exchange information with colleagues.
  • Record operational or production data.
  • Notify others of equipment repair or maintenance needs.
  • Inspect production equipment.
  • Conduct test runs of production equipment.
  • Mount attachments or tools onto production equipment.
  • Install mechanical components in production equipment.
  • Replace worn equipment components.
  • Repair production equipment or tools.
  • Clean production equipment.
  • Lubricate production equipment.

This page includes data from:

O*NET OnLine Career data: O*NET 28.2 Database by the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration (“USDOL/ETA”). Used under the CC BY 4.0 license. O*NET® is a trademark of USDOL/ETA

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