Leather Worker

Leather Workers work with leather materials to make and repair products made from leather such as boots, bags, shoes and garments. They may use a variety of tools to shape and mould leather and assemble products.

Duties and tasks

  • Create and design sketches or patterns for boots and other leather products
  • Cut, sew, glue and bond different sections of leather to create products
  • Mould, shape and line leather pieces using hand tools and machines
  • Prepare leather and other materials needed for products using patterns, drawings and specifications
  • Repair damaged or broken leather goods and alter individual pieces
  • Use a variety of tools such as hammers, sewing machines and adhesive materials to create and repair leather products
  • Work with customers on specialised requests and orders as well as large commercial orders, processing payments and understanding specifications of orders

Skills required

  • Hand-Eye Coordination and Manual Dexterity
  • Organisation Skills
  • Problem Solving Skills
  • Strong Attention to Detail
  • Time Management

Working conditions

Leather Workers typically work regular Monday to Friday hours but may need to work evenings and weekends in order to complete orders on time. They typically work in workshops with a variety of tools and machines to aid in leather work and production. They must use upper arm strength to mould and shape leather.

Professional associations / Industry information

Manufacturing Skills Australia
The Council of Textile & Fashion Industries of Australia (TFIA)
The Creative Industry Skills Council
The Furnishing Industry Association of Australia

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