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Textile Cutting Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders - 51-6062.00

O*NET-SOC Description

Set up, operate, or tend machines that cut textiles.

Sample of Reported Job Titles

  • Automated Cutting Machine Operator
  • CNC Cutting Operator (Computer Numerical Control Cutting Operator)
  • Cutter
  • Cutter Operator
  • Die Cut Operator
  • Fabric Cutter
  • Laser Operator
  • Spread Cutter
  • Spreader
  • Textile Slitting Machine Operator

SOC Occupation Groups

51-0000 Production Occupations
51-6000 Textile, Apparel, and Furnishings Workers
51-6060 Textile Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders
51-6062.00 Textile Cutting Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders

Related Occupations


  • Adjust cutting techniques to types of fabrics and styles of garments.
  • Adjust machine controls, such as heating mechanisms, tensions, or speeds, to produce specified products.
  • Clean, oil, and lubricate machines, using air hoses, cleaning solutions, rags, oilcans, and grease guns.
  • Confer with coworkers to obtain information about orders, processes, or problems.
  • Inspect machinery to determine whether repairs are needed.
  • Inspect products to ensure that the quality standards and specifications are met.
  • Install, level, and align components, such as gears, chains, guides, dies, cutters, or needles, to set up machinery for operation.
  • Notify supervisors of mechanical malfunctions.
  • Operate machines for test runs to verify adjustments and to obtain product samples.
  • Operate machines to cut multiple layers of fabric into parts for articles such as canvas goods, house furnishings, garments, hats, or stuffed toys.
  • Place patterns on top of layers of fabric and cut fabric following patterns, using electric or manual knives, cutters, or computer numerically controlled cutting devices.
  • Program electronic equipment.
  • Record information about work completed and machine settings.
  • Repair or replace worn or defective parts or components, using hand tools.
  • Start machines, monitor operations, and make adjustments as needed.
  • Stop machines when specified amounts of product have been produced.
  • Study guides, samples, charts, and specification sheets or confer with supervisors or engineering staff to determine set-up requirements.
  • Thread yarn, thread, or fabric through guides, needles, and rollers of machines.

Detailed Work Activities

  • Clean production equipment.
  • Conduct test runs of production equipment.
  • Cut fabrics.
  • Exchange information with colleagues.
  • Feed materials or products into or through equipment.
  • Inspect production equipment.
  • Inspect products or operations to ensure that standards are met.
  • Inspect textile products.
  • Inspect work to ensure standards are met.
  • Install mechanical components in production equipment.
  • Lubricate production equipment.
  • Mount attachments or tools onto production equipment.
  • Notify others of equipment repair or maintenance needs.
  • Operate textile cutting or production equipment.
  • Position patterns on equipment, materials, or workpieces.
  • Program equipment to perform production tasks.
  • Record operational or production data.
  • Repair production equipment or tools.
  • Replace worn equipment components.
  • Set equipment controls to meet cutting specifications.
  • Study blueprints or other instructions to determine equipment setup requirements.

Military Crosswalk Titles

  • Aircrew Flight Equipment (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Aircrew Flight Equipment Apprentice (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Aircrew Flight Equipment Craftsman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Aircrew Flight Equipment Helper (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Aircrew Flight Equipment Journeyman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Aircrew Flight Equipment Superintendent (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Flight Equipment Technician (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Machinist (Marine Corps - Enlisted)

Apprenticeship Crosswalk Titles

No information available.

DOT Crosswalk Titles

  • Band-And-Cuff Cutter
  • Band-Saw Operator
  • Bias-Cutting-Machine Operator
  • Binding Cutter, Synthetic Cloth
  • Blanket-Cutting-Machine Operator
  • Chin-Strap Cutter
  • Chopped-Strand Operator
  • Cloth Trimmer, Machine
  • Continuous Pillowcase Cutter
  • Corduroy-Cutter Operator
  • Cuff Cutter
  • Cutter
  • Cutter, Barrel Drum
  • Cutting-Machine Fixer
  • Cutting-Machine Operator
  • Die-Cutting-Machine Operator, Automatic
  • Felt Cutter
  • Felt-Cutting-Machine Operator
  • Fur-Cutting-Machine Operator
  • Label Pinker
  • Label-Cutting-And-Folding-Machine Operator, Automatic
  • Pinking-Machine Operator
  • Rounding-Machine Operator
  • Rug Cutter
  • Scallop Cutter, Machine
  • Shearing-Machine Operator
  • Staple Cutter
  • Strip-Cutting-Machine Operator
  • Stripping Cutter And Winder
  • Sweatband Separator
  • Thread-Cutter Tender
  • Trimmer, Machine
  • Welt-Trimming-Machine Operator
  • Window-Shade Cutter And Mounter