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Cobblers - Physical Demands

Shoe and leather workers frequently:

  • Use their hands to handle, control, or feel objects, tools, or controls.
  • Stand for long periods of time.
  • Repeat the same movements.

It is important for shoe and leather workers to be able to:

  • See details of objects that are less than a few feet away.
  • Use one or two hands to grasp, move, or assemble objects.
  • Use fingers to grasp, move, or assemble very small objects.
  • Hold the arm and hand in one position or hold the hand steady while moving the arm.
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  • Make quick, precise adjustments to machine controls.
  • Move two or more limbs together (for example, two arms, two legs, or one leg and one arm) while remaining in place.

It is not as important, but still necessary, for shoe and leather workers to be able to:

  • Understand the speech of another person.
  • Speak clearly so listeners can understand.
  • See differences between colors, shades, and brightness.
  • See details of objects that are more than a few feet away.
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  • Use stomach and lower back muscles to support the body for long periods without getting tired.
  • React quickly using hands, fingers, or feet.
  • Hear sounds and recognize the difference between them.
  • Make fast, repeated movements of fingers, hands, and wrists.
  • Use muscles to lift, push, pull, or carry heavy objects.
  • Choose quickly and correctly among various movements when responding to different signals.
  • Adjust body movements or equipment controls to keep pace with speed changes of moving objects.
  • Use muscles for extended periods without getting tired.
  • Focus on one source of sound and ignore others.
  • Determine the distance between objects.
  • Be physically active for long periods without getting tired or out of breath.
  • Bend, stretch, twist, or reach out.
  • Coordinate movement of several parts of the body, such as arms and legs, while the body is moving.
Source: Illinois Career Information System (CIS) brought to you by Illinois Department of Employment Security.