9453 Hide and Pelt Processing Workers
Hide and pelt processing workers trim, scrape, clean, tan, buff and dye animal hides, pelts or skins to produce leather stock and finished furs. They are employed by leather tanning, fur dressing and leather and fur dyeing establishments.
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- beating machine tender
- leather buffer
- leather stretcher
- pelt dresser
- shaving machine tender
Hide and pelt processing workers perform some or all of the following duties:
- Cut particles of flesh and fat from hides or pelts prior to processing using hand and powered cutting knives and remove loose hair from hides and pelts
- Operate machines to remove flesh or hair from hides, skins or pelts and shave hides to uniform thickness
- Shear fur or wool hides to produce pelts with hair of specified or uniform length
- Prepare solutions according to pre-established formulas in vats or revolving drums and immerse hides and skins to clean, dehair, pickle, dye, oil or tan
- Adjust rotation and mixing action of vats according to state of pelts
- Immerse pelts to clean, soften and preserve
- Operate machines to polish or roughen hides or skins to specified finish
- Tint or dye furs to enhance natural shades of fur
- May maintain and repair vats and other machinery.
- On-the-job training is usually provided.
- There is some mobility among jobs in this unit group.
- Progression to supervisory positions is possible with experience.
- Supervisors of hide and pelt processing workers
9225 Supervisors, Fabric, Fur and Leather Products Manufacturing