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Cutters and Trimmers, Hand - 51-9031.00

O*NET-SOC Description

Use hand tools or hand-held power tools to cut and trim a variety of manufactured items, such as carpet, fabric, stone, glass, or rubber.

Sample of Reported Job Titles

  • Bundler
  • Cloth Cutter
  • Cutter
  • Embroidery Operator
  • Fabric Cutter
  • Finisher
  • Glass Cutter
  • Hand Cutter
  • Leather Cutter
  • Trimmer

SOC Occupation Groups

51-0000 Production Occupations
51-9000 Other Production Occupations
51-9030 Cutting Workers
51-9031.00 Cutters and Trimmers, Hand

Related Occupations


  • Adjust guides and stops to control depths and widths of cuts.
  • Clean, treat, buff, or polish finished items, using grinders, brushes, chisels, and cleaning solutions and polishing materials.
  • Count or weigh and bundle items.
  • Cut, shape, and trim materials, such as textiles, food, glass, stone, and metal, using knives, scissors, and other hand tools, portable power tools, or bench-mounted tools.
  • Fold or shape materials before or after cutting them.
  • Lower table-mounted cutters such as knife blades, cutting wheels, or saws to cut items to specified sizes.
  • Mark cutting lines around patterns or templates, or follow layout points, using squares, rules, and straightedges, and chalk, pencils, or scribes.
  • Mark identification numbers, trademarks, grades, marketing data, sizes, or model numbers on products.
  • Mark or discard items with defects such as spots, stains, scars, snags, chips, scratches, or unacceptable shapes or finishes.
  • Position templates or measure materials to locate specified points of cuts or to obtain maximum yields, using rules, scales, or patterns.
  • Read work orders to determine dimensions, cutting locations, and quantities to cut.
  • Replace or sharpen dulled cutting tools such as saws.
  • Route items to provide cutouts for parts, using portable routers, grinders, and hand tools.
  • Separate materials or products according to size, weight, type, condition, color, or shade.
  • Stack cut items and load them on racks or conveyors or onto trucks.
  • Transport items to work or storage areas, using carts.
  • Trim excess material or cut threads off finished products, such as cutting loose ends of plastic off a manufactured toy for a smoother finish.
  • Unroll, lay out, attach, or mount materials or items on cutting tables or machines.

Detailed Work Activities

  • Adjust fabrics or other materials during garment production.
  • Clean workpieces or finished products.
  • Count finished products or workpieces.
  • Cut industrial materials in preparation for fabrication or processing.
  • Draw guide lines or markings on materials or workpieces using patterns or other references.
  • Mark products, workpieces, or equipment with identifying information.
  • Measure materials to mark reference points, cutting lines, or other indicators.
  • Mount materials or workpieces onto production equipment.
  • Move products, materials, or equipment between work areas.
  • Operate cutting equipment.
  • Operate grinding equipment.
  • Polish materials, workpieces, or finished products.
  • Position patterns on equipment, materials, or workpieces.
  • Read work orders or other instructions to determine product specifications or materials requirements.
  • Replace worn equipment components.
  • Set equipment controls to meet cutting specifications.
  • Shape metal workpieces with hammers or other small hand tools.
  • Sharpen cutting or grinding tools.
  • Sort materials or products for processing, storing, shipping, or grading.
  • Stack finished items for further processing or shipment.
  • Trim excess material from workpieces.
  • Weigh finished products.

Military Crosswalk Titles

No information available.

Apprenticeship Crosswalk Titles

  • Carpet Cutter (Retail Trade)
  • Cutter, Machine I
  • Fur Cutter
  • Silk-Screen Cutter

DOT Crosswalk Titles

  • Basket Mender
  • Binder Cutter, Hand
  • Bow Maker
  • Bright Cutter
  • Bunch Trimmer, Mold
  • Button-Cutting-Machine Operator
  • Buttonhole Maker
  • Candle Cutter
  • Candy Cutter, Hand
  • Cane Cutter
  • Carpet Cutter
  • Carpet Cutter I
  • Carpet Cutter II
  • Chalk Cutter
  • Cherry Cutter
  • Clipper
  • Coper, Hand
  • Cotton Dispatcher
  • Cripple Worker
  • Crosscutter, Rolled Glass
  • Cutter
  • Cutter Apprentice, Hand
  • Cutter, Aluminum Sheet
  • Cutter, Banana Room
  • Cutter, Hand
  • Cutter, Hand I
  • Cutter, Hand II
  • Cutter, Hand III
  • Cutter, Hot Knife
  • Cutter, Machine I
  • Cutter, Rotary Shear
  • Cutter, Wet Machine
  • Diagrammer And Seamer
  • Duct Maker
  • Endband Cutter, Hand
  • Finishing Trimmer
  • Foxing Cutter, Hot Knife
  • Fruit Cutter
  • Fur Cutter
  • Fur Trimmer
  • Glass Cutter
  • Glass Cutter, Oval or Circular
  • Glass Finisher
  • Gold Cutter
  • Hair Clipper, Power
  • Hairspring Cutter I
  • Hairspring Cutter II
  • Hide Trimmer
  • Hose Cutter, Hand
  • Lacing-String Cutter
  • Lapper
  • Lay-Out-Machine Operator
  • Leather Cutter
  • Level-Vial Marker
  • Log Peeler
  • Mat Cutter
  • Mesh Cutter
  • Mica Sizer
  • Mica Splitter
  • Mounter, Hand
  • Opener I
  • Outside Cutter, Hand
  • Pearler
  • Pompom Maker
  • Portable Sawyer
  • Power-Chisel Operator
  • Remnants Cutter
  • Ribbon Cutter
  • Ripper
  • Rock Splitter
  • Rounder, Hand
  • Router Operator, Hand
  • Rug Clipper
  • Rug Cutter
  • Sail Cutter
  • Sample Cutter
  • Sample Maker, Veneer
  • Second Cutter
  • Shearer and Trimmer, Wire Screen and Fabric
  • Sheet-Metal-Pattern Cutter
  • Silk-Screen Cutter
  • Slitter
  • Slot Router
  • Splitter, Hand
  • Stock Preparer
  • Stripper
  • Target Trimmer
  • Template Cutter
  • Thread Cutter
  • Tire Trimmer, Hand
  • Trimmer, Hand
  • Welt-Butter, Hand
  • Wire Cutter
  • Wood Hacker