Profession leather goods manufacturing technician

Leather goods manufacturing technicians perform a wide range of activities and tasks related to the leather goods manufacturing process including cutting, closing and finishing, according to pre-defined quality criteria, resulted from the direct relationship with the costumer. They use manual techniques supported by simple traditional equipment to produce exclusive models or very small orders.

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Personality Type

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

Knowledge

  • Leather goods materials

    The wide range of materials used in leather goods production: leather, leather substitutes (synthetics or artificial materials), textile, etc; the way of distinguishing among various materials based on their properties, advantages and limitations.

  • Leather goods manufacturing processes

    The processes, technology and machinery involved in the leather goods manufacturing.  

  • Leather goods components

    The various procedures and methods in the processing of leather materials and leather goods components like manufacturability and properties.  

  • 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.

  • Leather goods quality

    The quality specifications of materials, processes, and final products, the most common defects in leather, quick tests procedures, laboratory tests procedures and standards, and the adequate equipment for quality checks. 

Skills

  • Apply machine cutting techniques for footwear and leather goods

    Adjust and establish the machine technical operating parameters for cutting footwear and leather goods. Check and select the cutting dies, classification of the cut pieces against cutting restrictions, specifications and quality requirements. Check and complete the cutting orders. Perform simple procedures for maintenance of machines.

  • 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.

  • Apply basic rules of maintenance to leather goods and footwear machinery

    Apply basic rules of maintenance and cleanliness on footwear and leather goods production equipment and machines that you operate.

  • 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.

  • Use communication techniques

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

  • 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.

  • Plan leather goods manufacture

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

  • Prepare leather goods samples

    Create, test and verify prototypes or samples of leather goods 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

plan supply chain logistics for footwear and leather goods practice innovative thinking in the footwear and leather goods industries perform packing of footwear and leather goods operate automatic cutting systems for footwear and leather goods footwear creation process automatic cutting systems for footwear and leather goods apply methods for footwear and leather goods manufacturing measure working time in footwear and leather goods production