Careers New Zealand
New Zealand
2d ago

Pay for cutters varies depending on experience and the type of work they do.

  • Assistant cutters usually earn about $18 an hour.
  • Cutters with two to five years of experience usually earn between $19 and $24 an hour.
  • Cutters with managerial responsibilities can earn up to $26 an hour.
  • Some cutters are also paid performance bonuses.

    Source : New Zealand Fashion Tech and Competenz, 2017.

    This information is a guide only. )

    What you will do

    Cutters may do some or all of the following :

  • check pattern designs and instructions online
  • lay out patterns on fabric
  • interpret instructions from patternmakers, designers and markers
  • cut fabric by hand with electric hand-held cutting machines
  • supervise computerised cutting machines
  • make detailed notes on how much much fabric is used
  • check how much fabric is in storage
  • advise technicians and managers on how much fabric to order
  • bundle pieces of fabric together and store them in order of size and colour.
  • Skills and knowledge

    Cutters need to have knowledge of :

  • fabric types and garment construction
  • sewing codes and symbols
  • different cutting equipment and methods
  • how to operate cutting machines
  • basic computing skills to program cutting machines and check designs online.
  • Cutters :

  • usually work regular business hours, but may sometimes work overtime
  • work in factories and workrooms, though self-employed cutters may work from home
  • work in conditions that may be dusty and noisy.
  • Entry requirements

    There are no specific entry requirements to become a cutter. However, most employers prefer to hire people with qualifications.

    You can become qualified by completing either of the following :

  • A New Zealand Certificate in Fashion Technology (Level 3) through an apprenticeship with Competenz.
  • A New Zealand Certificate in Fashion Technology (Level 3) or similar at a technical institute.
  • Secondary education

    A minimum of three years of secondary education is recommended. Useful subjects include design and visual communication (graphics), digital technologies, maths and processing technologies.

    Cutters need to be :
  • patient
  • quick and neat
  • accurate, with an eye for detail
  • able to follow instructions
  • able to work well under pressure
  • good at maths so they can measure and make calculations
  • good problem-solvers.
  • Useful experience

    Useful experience for cutters includes :

  • community or night courses in dressmaking
  • dressmaking or tailoring
  • work in a clothing factory or workroom.
  • Physical requirements

    Cutters need to have good eyesight (with or without corrective lenses), normal colour vision, good hand-eye co-ordination and steady hands.

    Physical strength is an advantage for lifting heavy rolls of fabric.

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