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Shoe Repairer / Cobbler

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Education
These occupations usually require a Leaving Certificate or equivalent.

Related Experience
Some previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is usually needed. For example, a bank teller would benefit from experience working directly with the public.

Job Training
Employees in these occupations need anywhere from a few months to one year of working with experienced employees.

Job Zone Examples
These occupations often involve using your knowledge and skills to help others. Examples include sheet metal workers, forest fire fighters, customer service representatives, physical therapist aides, retail salespersons and tellers.

€18k > 21
Shoe Repairer
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(thousands per year)*
€18 - 21
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Last Updated: March, 2017

* The lower figures typically reflect starting salaries. Higher salaries are awarded to those with greater experience and responsibility. Positions in Dublin sometimes command higher salaries.
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At a Glance... header image

Shoe repairers mend all types of footwear. They may operate from a shop or site within a high street shop. They may also repair other leather goods, engrave metal and cut keys.


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The Work header image

Shoe repairers use both hand tools and machinery to complete a variety of repair works on shoes and other leather goods such as handbags or belts.  
 
Shoe repairers' tools include knives, pincers, a hammer and a finishing machine that removes the worn parts of the shoe and smoothes the remaining material. New heels are put on with either an air-powered gun or a hand gun and a driver; they are then hammered into place. Soles are glued, and then stuck on by a sole press.  
 
Shoe repairers also use an outsole stitching machine to sew the soles of welted shoes to the bottom of the shoe. They use an insole stitcher to stitch the soles on through the insole. They use the finishing machine again to get rid of any rough edges. The work is completed on a polishing machine.  
 
Shoe repairers may sell accessories such as polish, dyes, shoe laces, handbags and belts. They may also offer key cutting and engraving services.


Tasks & Activitiesheader image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported tasks and activities for this occupation

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Cut out parts following patterns or outlines, using knives, shears, scissors, or machine presses.

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Construct, decorate, or repair leather products according to specifications, using sewing machines, needles and thread, leather lacing, glue, clamps, hand tools, and/or rivets.

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Align and stitch or glue materials such as fabric, fleece, leather, or wood, in order to join parts.

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Dye, soak, polish, paint, stamp, stitch, stain, buff, or engrave leather or other materials to obtain desired effects, decorations, or shapes.

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Select materials and patterns, and trace patterns onto materials to be cut out.

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Dress and otherwise finish boots or shoes, as by trimming the edges of new soles and heels to the shoe shape.

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Estimate the costs of requested products or services such as custom footwear or footwear repair, and receive payment from customers.

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Attach insoles to shoe lasts, affix shoe uppers, and apply heels and outsoles.

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Cement, nail, or sew soles and heels to shoes.

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Shape shoe heels with a knife, and sand them on a buffing wheel for smoothness.

Work Activities header image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported work activities in this occupation.

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Handling and Moving Objects: Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things.

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Performing General Physical Activities: Performing physical activities that require considerable use of your arms and legs and moving your whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling of materials.

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Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships: Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.

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Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work: Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.

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Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings: Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems.

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Getting Information: Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.

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Controlling Machines and Processes: Using either control mechanisms or direct physical activity to operate machines or processes (not including computers or vehicles).

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Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates: Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.

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Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events: Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.

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Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material: Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials to identify the cause of errors or other problems or defects.


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The following is a list of the five most commonly reported knowledge areas for this occupation.

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Customer and Personal Service: Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.

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English Language: Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

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Mathematics: Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.

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Mechanical: Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.

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Administration and Management: Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.


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The following is a list of the most commonly reported skills used in this occupation.

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Critical Thinking: Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

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Monitoring: Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

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Quality Control Analysis: Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.

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Service Orientation: Actively looking for ways to help people.

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Judgment and Decision Making: Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.

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Operation Monitoring: Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.

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Reading Comprehension: Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

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Operation and Control: Controlling operations of equipment or systems.

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Active Listening: Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

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Social Perceptiveness: Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.

Personal Qualitiesheader image

To be a shoe repairer, you should enjoy using your hands and be able to work quickly, neatly and tidily. Speed is very important because some customers want their shoes repaired in minutes. The job involves a lot of standing, so you should be fairly fit and also have good eyesight.  
 
The work may not be suitable if you have sensitive skin, as your hands are likely to become cut and nicked by the equipment used. For this reason, you'll need to be very safety conscious.  
 
It is important that you enjoy meeting people and dealing with the public, and also feel confident when in charge of a till and handling money. Arithmetic is, therefore, a useful skill and so is literacy for dealing with orders, receipts and invoices.


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