Profession footwear production technician

Footwear production technicians perform a wide range of activities regarding footwear manufacturing. They are involved in all phases of the process including product engineering and different types of construction. They aim at maximising productivity and reducing production costs, assuring the functionality and quality of product and customer satisfaction.

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Personality Type

  • Realistic / Investigative
  • Enterprising / Realistic
  • Realistic / Conventional

Knowledge

  • Footwear quality

    Quality specifications of materials, processes and final products, the most common defects in footwear, quick tests procedures, laboratory tests procedures and standards, adequate equipment for quality checks. Quality assurance of footwear production processes and fundamental concepts on quality including footwear quality framework and standards.

  • Footwear components

    Footwear components both for uppers (vamps, quarters, linings, stiffeners, toe puffs etc.) and bottoms (soles, heels, insoles etc.). Ecological concerns and the importance of recycling. Selection of suitable materials and components based on their influence on the footwear style and characteristics, properties and manufacturability. Procedures and methods in chemical and mechanical processing of leather and non-leather materials.

  • Footwear equipments

    Functionality of the wide range of equipments and the basic rules of regular maintenance.

  • Assembling processes and techniques for cemented footwear construction

    Technology, equipment, machines and tools for lasting and soling in case of cemented footwear constructions.

  • Footwear materials

    The characteristics, components, advantages and limitations of a wide range of materials used in footwear production: leather, leather substitutes (synthetics or artificial materials), textile, plastic, rubber etc. 

  • Footwear uppers pre-assembly

    The equipment and techniques used for pre-assembling operations of uppers in the footwear industry.

  • Footwear bottoms pre-assembly

    The equipment and techniques used for the preparation of bottom components in the footwear industry, including soles, heels, insoles, etc.

  • Footwear machinery

    Tthe functionality of the wide range of machines, and the basic rules of regular maintenance.

  • Manual cutting processes for leather

    Cutting rules, variance of the leather properties on its surface and elongation directions of the footwear pieces.

  • Pre-stitching processes and techniques for footwear and leather goods

    Technology including machinery and techniques for the preparation for leather goods components and footwear uppers.

  • Assembling processes and techniques for goodyear footwear construction

    Technology, equipment, machines and tools for assembling Goodyear footwear construction types.

  • Footwear finishing techniques

    The related machinery, tools, chemicals and mechanical finishing procedures applied to footwear manufacturing.

  • Footwear manufacturing technology

    Footwear processes technology and machinery involved. The footwear manufacturing starts in the cutting/clicking room , cutting the uppers and bottom components. The upper components are joined together in the closing room by following a precise order of specific operations: skiving, folding, sewing etc. The closed upper, the insole and other bottom components are brought together in the assembling room, where the main operations are lasting and soling. The process ends with finishing operations in the finishing and packing room.

  • Assembling processes and techniques for california footwear construction

    Technology, equipment, machines and tools for assembling california footwear construction type.

Skills

  • Create solutions to problems

    Solve problems which arise in planning, prioritising, organising, directing/facilitating action and evaluating performance. Use systematic processes of collecting, analysing, and synthesising information to evaluate current practice and generate new understandings about practice.

  • Manage production of footwear or leather goods

    Plan the production of footwear or leather goods according to the company’s objectives, deadlines and available resources. Distribute, coordinate and control all activities and the various production phases using information from technical sheets and organisation and methods. Strive to optimise quality, productivity and safety. Collaborate with all linked departments. Report on production, quality, productivity deviations and propose corrective measures.

  • Plan footwear manufacture

    Design the manufacturing process for each footwear model. Plan the stages of footwear manufacturing and operations for production. Plan the usage of materials and footwear components. Select machines and equipment. Plan the workforce. Calculate direct and indirect costs associated with manufacturing. Plan the maintenance of machines and equipment.

  • Communicate commercial and technical issues in foreign languages

    Speak one or more foreign languages in order to communicate commercial and technical issues with various suppliers and clients.

  • Use IT tools

    Application of computers, computer networks and other information technologies and equipment to storing, retrieving, transmitting and manipulating data, in the context of a business or enterprise.

  • Use communication techniques

    Apply techniques of communication which allow interlocutors to better understand each other and communicate accurately in the transmission of messages.

  • Work in textile manufacturing teams

    Work harmoniously with colleagues in teams in the textile and clothing manufacturing industries.

  • Reduce environmental impact of footwear manufacturing

    Assess the environmental impact of footwear manufacture and minimise environmental risks. Reduce environmentally harmful work practices in different stages of the footwear manufacturing.

  • Prepare footwear samples

    Create, test and verify prototypes or samples of footwear against a predefined set of criteria throughout all stages of the manufacturing process. Revise the initial design concepts and implement technical improvements.

Optional knowledge and skills

practice innovative thinking in the footwear and leather goods industries coordinate cutting room in footwear manufacturing footwear stitching techniques health and safety regulations apply pre-stitching techniques apply stitching techniques plan supply chain logistics for footwear and leather goods footwear creation process perform packing of footwear and leather goods apply footwear uppers pre-assembling techniques apply footwear bottoms pre-assembling techniques maintain footwear assembling equipment coordinate assembling room in footwear manufacturing automatic cutting systems for footwear and leather goods calculate the productivity of the production of footwear and leather goods measure working time in footwear and leather goods production coordinate closing room in footwear manufacturing make technical drawings of fashion pieces coordinate finishing room in footwear manufacturing apply footwear finishing techniques apply assembling techniques for cemented footwear construction apply methods for footwear and leather goods manufacturing