What does a Horse Harness Maker (219D) do?

Horse Harness Makers manufacture, rebuild, and repair a wide variety of harnesses, saddles, saddle trees, and other associated tack for equestrian disciplines.

Job Related Skills, Interests and Values

  • Cutting and stitching heavy leather by hand using needle and thread, or with a stitching machine
  • Assembling and constructing materials
  • Reading and interpreting job specifications, sketches, and technical drawings
  • Acquiring a good working knowledge of horse anatomy
  • Diagnosing, fixing, or replacing broken parts
  • Trimming, slicking, rubbing, creasing, punching holes, and bevelling edges
  • Dyeing or burnishing edges
  • Cutting and stamping decorative designs into the surface of leather
  • Using a brush or sponge to apply paint and liquid dressing to produce a glossy finish
  • Applying basic welding procedures
  • Communicating effectively with customers, co-workers, and supervisors
  • Working alone or as a member of a team to get the job done

What Preparation and Training Do You Need?

  • Secondary school diploma with math, science, and English credits
  • Completion of 6,000-8,000 hour apprenticeship, including on-the-job and in-school training; in-school portion is two 10-week sessions

What's Your Future as a Horse Harness Maker (219D)?

  • 40-hour week, generally in industrial or manufacturing plant; potential for overtime during busy periods
  • Some may be self-employed and run successful equestrian businesses
  • Employers include harness-making companies, saddle companies, race tracks and large barns, and boarding facilities

Wage Rate

Apprentice wage increases with skill and experience. Fully qualified workers with specialized skills can earn up to $26.00 per hour or more, depending on the size of the shop.

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