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Shoe Machine Operators and Tenders - 51-6042.00

O*NET-SOC Description

Operate or tend a variety of machines to join, decorate, reinforce, or finish shoes and shoe parts.

Sample of Reported Job Titles

  • Assembler
  • Boot and Shoe Repairman
  • Boot Maker
  • Cutter
  • Fitter
  • Inseamer
  • Insole Department Worker
  • Side Laster
  • Stitcher

SOC Occupation Groups

51-0000 Production Occupations
51-6000 Textile, Apparel, and Furnishings Workers
51-6040 Shoe and Leather Workers
51-6042.00 Shoe Machine Operators and Tenders

Related Occupations


  • Align parts to be stitched, following seams, edges, or markings, before positioning them under needles.
  • Collect shoe parts from conveyer belts or racks and place them in machinery such as ovens or on molds for dressing, returning them to conveyers or racks to send them to the next work station.
  • Cut excess thread or material from shoe parts, using scissors or knives.
  • Draw thread through machine guide slots, needles, and presser feet in preparation for stitching, or load rolls of wire through machine axles.
  • Fill shuttle spools with thread from a machine's bobbin winder by pressing a foot treadle.
  • Hammer loose staples for proper attachment.
  • Load hot-melt plastic rod glue through reactivator axles, using wrenches, and switch on reactivators, setting temperature and timers to heat glue to specifications.
  • Operate or tend machines to join, decorate, reinforce, or finish shoes and shoe parts.
  • Perform routine equipment maintenance such as cleaning and lubricating machines or replacing broken needles.
  • Position dies on material in a manner that will obtain the maximum number of parts from each portion of material.
  • Remove and examine shoes, shoe parts, and designs to verify conformance to specifications such as proper embedding of stitches in channels.
  • Select and place spools of thread or pre-wound bobbins into shuttles, or onto spindles or loupers of stitching machines.
  • Staple sides of shoes, pressing a foot treadle to position and hold each shoe under the feeder of the machine.
  • Study work orders or shoe part tags to obtain information about workloads, specifications, and the types of materials to be used.
  • Switch on machines, lower pressure feet or rollers to secure parts, and start machine stitching, using hand, foot, or knee controls.
  • Test machinery to ensure proper functioning before beginning production.
  • Turn knobs to adjust stitch length and thread tension.
  • Turn screws to regulate size of staples.
  • Turn setscrews on needle bars, and position required numbers of needles in stitching machines.

Detailed Work Activities

  • Adjust temperature controls of ovens or other heating equipment.
  • Align parts or workpieces to ensure proper assembly.
  • Assemble garments or textile products.
  • Clean production equipment.
  • Conduct test runs of production equipment.
  • Feed materials or products into or through equipment.
  • Load materials into production equipment.
  • Maintain production or processing equipment.
  • Mount attachments or tools onto production equipment.
  • Mount materials or workpieces onto production equipment.
  • Operate sewing equipment.
  • Read work orders or other instructions to determine product specifications or materials requirements.
  • Remove products or workpieces from production equipment.
  • Replace worn equipment components.
  • Select production input materials.
  • Trim excess material from workpieces.

Military Crosswalk Titles

  • Aviation Survival Technician (Coast Guard - Enlisted)
  • Machinist (Marine Corps - Enlisted)

Apprenticeship Crosswalk Titles

No information available.

DOT Crosswalk Titles

  • Stitcher, Special Machine
  • Stitcher, Standard Machine
  • Stitcher, Tape-Controlled Machine
  • Thread Laster