• Hand Cutters and Trimmers
  • Manufacturing
  • Hand cutters and trimmers use hand tools or hand-held power tools to cut and trim a variety of manufactured items like carpet, fabric, stone, glass, or rubber.

What do they typically do

  • Mark or discard items with defects like spots, stains, scars, snags, chips, scratches, or unacceptable shapes or finishes
  • Trim excess material or cut threads off finished products
  • Cut, shape, and trim materials using knives, scissors, and other hand tools, portable power tools, or bench-mounted tools
  • Separate materials or products according to size, weight, type, condition, color, or shade
  • Mark identification numbers, trademarks, grades, marketing data, sizes, or model numbers on products
  • Read work orders to determine dimensions, cutting locations, and quantities to cut
  • Count or weigh and bundle items
  • Mark cutting lines around patterns or templates, or follow layout points, using squares, rules, and straightedges, and chalk, pencils, or scribes

Number of Jobs

Average Annual
Job Growth -2.0%
Job Opening 112

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Education & Training

  • Education

    Some may require a high school diploma or GED certificate.
    Associated Programs or Majors
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