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Textile Cutting Machine Setters, Operators, & Tenders

Also called: Cutter, Cutter Operator, Machine Operator, Spreader

Where in the military? In the military: see titles from the Marine Corps.

What they do:
Set up, operate, or tend machines that cut textiles.
On the job, you would:
  • 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.


Arts and Humanities
  • English language
Manufactured or Agricultural Goods
  • manufacture and distribution of products
Math and Science
  • arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics


Basic Skills
  • keeping track of how well people and/or groups are doing in order to make improvements
  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it


Hand and Finger Use
  • keep your arm or hand steady
  • hold or move items with your hands
Controlled Movement
  • use your arms and/or legs together while sitting, standing, or lying down
  • quickly change the controls of a machine, car, truck or boat


People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Attention to Detail
  • Cooperation
  • Dependability
  • Integrity
  • Self Control
  • Stress Tolerance


You might use software like this on the job:

Spreadsheet software
  • Microsoft Excel
Electronic mail software
  • Microsoft Outlook
Word processing software
  • Microsoft Word


Education: (rated 2 of 5)
high school diploma/GED or
some college
usually needed

Job Outlook

Below Average Outlook
New job opportunities are less likely in the future.
per year, on average
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