Duties and tasks

  • Treating surfaces of leather with oil and operating glazing machines to give glossy finishes to leather
  • Operating and monitoring machines to reduce thickness of hide or skin to uniform size
  • Operating and monitoring machines to polish or roughen hides or skins to specified finishes
  • Operating and monitoring machines which apply dyes and stains to leather
  • Operating and monitoring machines which treat hides and skins in solutions to convert them into leather
  • Operating and monitoring machines which separate residual wool from skins, or flesh and hair from hides
  • Operating and monitoring machines which remove long coarse hair from fur pelts, trim hair to even length and dye, stretch and smooth dressed pelts
  • Maintaining and repairing vats and other machinery
  • Operating and monitoring machines in which hides are split edgeways to form two or more pieces or to give uniform thickness
  • Operating and monitoring machines to remove epidermis hair roots, pigment cells and lime salts from the grain side of skin
  • Operating and monitoring machines which remove flesh and fat from hides or pelts to clean and soften them prior to processing

    Skill level

    Semi-skilled
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