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Fur and leather preparing machine operators

Fur and leather preparing machine operators operate and monitor various machines that prepare leather or treat fur- or wool-bearing pelts. They trim, scrape, clean, tan, buff and dye animal hides, pelts or skins to produce leather stock and finished furs.

Job Definition

(a) operating and monitoring machines which remove flesh and fat from hides or pelts to clean and soften them prior to processing
(b) operating and monitoring machines which remove long coarse hair from fur pelts, trim hair to even length and dye, stretch and smooth dressed pelts
(c) operating and monitoring machines to remove epidermis hair roots, pigment cells and lime salts from skin
(d) operating and monitoring machines to reduce thickness of hide or skin to uniform size
(e) operating and monitoring machines to polish or roughen hides or skins to specified finish
(f) operating and monitoring machines which separate residual wool from skins, or flesh and hair from hides
(g) operating and monitoring machines in which hides are split edgeways
(h) operating and monitoring machines which treat hides and skins in solutions to convert them into leather
(i) treating surface of leather with oil and operating glazing machine to give glossy finish to leather
(j) operating and monitoring machines which apply dyes and stains to leather
(k) maintaining and repairing machinery

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