Alabama Department of Labor

Labor Market Information Division
SOC: 51-6062 Textile Cutting Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders
Set up, operate, or tend machines that cut textiles.
Education: These occupations usually require a high school diploma.
OJT: 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.
Tasks: Place patterns on top of layers of fabric and cut fabric following patterns, using electric or manual knives, cutters, or computer numerically controlled cutting devices. Notify supervisors of mechanical malfunctions. Repair or replace worn or defective parts or components, using hand tools. Adjust cutting techniques to types of fabrics and styles of garments. Inspect machinery to determine whether repairs are needed. Adjust machine controls, such as heating mechanisms, tensions, and/or speeds to produce specified products. Inspect products to ensure that specifications are met and to determine whether machines require adjustment. Confer with coworkers to obtain information about orders, processes, or problems. Start machines, monitor operations, and make adjustments as needed. Clean, oil, and lubricate machines, using air hoses, cleaning solutions, rags, oilcans, and grease guns. Record information about work completed and machine settings.
License: License not required.
Outlook: poor
Alabama Employment Outlook
Alabama Wage Data
Hourly Wage   Annual Wage
Entry $8.45   Entry $17,554.00
Mean $11.17   Mean $23,227.00
Experience $12.53 Experience $26,063.00

The data is based on the May 2017 Occupation Employment Survey employment and wage estimate file. The wages have been aged using the most current ECI factors reflecting wages as of June 2018.

Alabama Projections
Estimated Employment 2016Projected Employment 2026Annual Average OpeningsAnnual Growth Rate
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51-6062.00 Textile Cutting Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders