Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute

Automated Cutting

Automated Cutting

This course introduces the basic operating procedures of automated cutting equipment to cut fabric into parts according to specifications in the upholstery and furniture industry using the state-of-the-art Lectra IX Mosaic automated cutting machine.

Utilizing advance manufacturing technology, Lectra’s high-performing cutting machine cuts through foam up to 1 inch thick and automatically compensates for any distortion and adjusts the cutting path, ensuring that patterned pieces match perfectly when assembled.

Local furniture companies are increasingly using automates cutting machines to facilitate just-in time (JIT) and mass production processes while fulfilling last-minute orders with ease. Due to the skill required to operate automated cutters, experienced automated cutting operators are in high-demand.

Man operating an Automate Cutting machine

Program Information

Emphasis is placed on the operation of automated cutting equipment. Upon completion, students should be able to maintain and operate the automated cutter with marker for maximum yield. Classroom and hands-on experience include, but not limited to:

  • Introduction to the Lectra IX Mosaic automated cutting machine
  • Start-up procedures
  • Introduction to Formaris (pattern-making software)
  • Navigating the Formaris screen
  • Introduction to Diamino (market-making software)
  • Rotation of entire bundle
  • Laying a marker
  • File management
  • Troubleshooting

Admission Requirements

No additional requirements for this course.

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Cost (Scholarships are available.)

Registration Fees

  • $182 (includes Student Accident Insurance and Campus Access fees)

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Career Information

Average Salary

The salaries of Automated Cutting Machine Operators (Fabric Patternmakers) in the Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton, NC are approximately $46,260 or about $22.24/hr.

Source: https://www.onetonline.org/link/localwages/51-6092.00?zip=28645&p=hourly

Employment Outlook

Employment for Automated Cutters, CNC operators, related field, etc. are expected to see job growth of about 1% (national average) between 2016-2016. However, this occupation is expected to grow at a faster rate here in the Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton Metropolitan area with the abundance of local furniture and textile manufacturers, but be slower in other parts of the US than the national average.

Source: https://study.com/articles/CNC_Operator_Job_Outlook_and_Information_About_a_Career_as_a_CNC_Operator.html