Profession leather finishing operator

Leather finishing operators use machines for finishing leather according to the required specifications by the client for surface characteristics such as colour nuance, quality, pattern and special properties such as waterproofness, antiflame retardance, antifogging of the leather. They arrange the dosage of finishing mixes to apply to the leather and do the routine maintenance of the machinery.

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Knowledge

  • Spray finishing technology

    Equipment, technologies and techniques for spray finishing of leather according to product specification. Topics include surface preparation, equipment types, preparation of finishing mixtures, operation monitoring and spray applications related to different type of finishing, coatings and final articles.

  • Leather finishing technologies

    Equipment, technologies and techniques for coating and laminating finishing of leather according to product specification. Topics include surface preparation, equipment types, preparation of substrata, operation monitoring and applications related to different types of finishing, coatings and final articles.

Skills

  • Work in textile manufacturing teams

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

  • Apply colouring recipes correctly

    Prepare colour and other chemical mixtures in accordance with the recipes and/or the characteristics of the article to be achieved. Interpreting and applying the instructions, including technical and operational details for the execution of processes.

  • Use communication techniques

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

  • Identify with the company's goals

    Act for the benefit of the company and for the achievement of its targets.

  • Stay alert

    Stay focused and alert at all times; react quickly in the case of unexpected events. Concentrate and do not get distracted performing a task over a long period of time.

  • Execute working instructions

    Understand, interpret and properly apply work instructions regarding different tasks in the workplace.

  • Prepare colour mixtures

    Prepare colour mixtures in accordance with the recipes and/or the characteristics of the article to be achieved.

  • Adapt to changing situations

    Change approach to situations based on unexpected and sudden changes in people's needs and mood or in trends; shift strategies, improvise and naturally adapt to those circumstances.

  • Maintain equipment

    Regularly inspect and perform all required activities to maintain the equipment in functional order prior or after its use.

Optional knowledge and skills

characteristics of chemicals used for tanning test leather chemistry health and safety in the workplace leather technology manage environmental impact of operations monitor operations in the leather industry manage quality of leather throughout the production process physico-chemical properties of hides and skins functionalities of machinery think analytically differentiate nuance of colours create solutions to problems identify defects on raw hides leather chemistry