Buffing and Polishing Set-Up Operator, Buffing Machine Operator

Minimum 5th standard

Certified training for Buffing Operator (programme aligned to LSS /Q0201 released by Leather Sector Skill Council)

Previous on-the-job training

The tasks a Buffing Operator is expected to perform include: Abrading the leather surface

Removing the grain on the leather by abrasion

Removing the flesh side of leather

Improving the uniformity of grain appearance

Equipped to identify the side of leather that should be fed in while buffing or snuffing

Knowledge of the common faults

Proficient in handling hides and materials

Competent in equipment operating procedures

Equipped in the method of sharing domain-related information with team members

Well versed with sources of updates on footwear and related areas

Ability to follow manufacturer?s instructions

Will be updated

Eye for detail

Accuracy in work

Dexterity of hands

Proficiency in motor skills

Hand-eye co-ordination

Judgment in positioning and buffing

Basic estimation and numerical skills

It is not a desk job.

Need not handle a team

Travelling is not part of the job

Contractual work and part-time jobs are available

Working from home option is not available

Working hours

Companies usually work for 5/6 days a week and 8 hours every day. This may vary from tannery to tannery. Shift system maybe available

Is the job suitable for a candidate with special needs?No

This job is considered mildly dangerous or hazardous under The Factories Act, 1948 (section 87)

Occupational hazards include damage to vision, bodily injuries, fatigue, etc.

Health risks include entangling of hair or cloth and exposure to mopes, spindles, explosives, fire, chemicals, etc.

For freshers -INR6,500 toINR7,000 per month

For candidates with 1-2 yearsexperience -INR15,000 toINR17,000 per month

(These figures are indicative and subject to change)

Growth Estimates of Leather Industry in India1

The leather industry occupies a place of prominence in the Indian economy in view of its massive potential for employment, growth and exports. There has been an increasing emphasis on its planned development, aimed at optimum utilisation of available raw materials for maximising the returns, particularly from exports. The exports of leather and leather products gained momentum during the past two decades. There has been a phenomenal growth in exports from Rs.320 million in the year 1965-66 to Rs.69558 million in 1996-97. Indian leather industry today has attained well merited recognition in international markets besides occupying a prominent place among the top seven foreign exchange earners of the country.

Future Prospects and Latest Trends in Leather Sector in India

Leather and leather product exports are estimated to touch US$ 8.5 billion by 2016-17. A leather development programme, namely the Indian Leather Development Programme (ILDP), proposed an outlay of US$ 590 million for the current five-plan period (2012-2017) to provide a fillip to the industry.

Large exporters in the leather industry

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Indian Institute of Leather Products (IILP)

Government Leather Institute

Central Footwear Training Institute, Chennai

Council for Leather Exports (CLE)