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Make, repair, or replace upholstery for furniture or transportation vehicles.  Familiar with standard concepts, practices, and procedures within the field.  Rely on limited experience and judgment to plan and accomplish goals.  Perform a variety of tasks.  Work under general supervision.  Exercise a certain degree of creativity and latitude.  Typically report to a Maintenance Supervisor or Maintenance Manager.

Examples of Work

Job functions are specific duties that would be included in the essential functions of the job description.  These functions are not all-inclusive nor do they cover the full extent of the duties performed.

  • Fit, install, and secure material on frames, using hand tools, power tools, glue, cement, or staples
  • Read work orders, and apply knowledge and experience with materials to determine types and amounts of materials required to cover workpieces
  • Build furniture up with loose fiber stuffing, cotton, felt, or foam padding to form smooth, rounded surfaces
  • Examine furniture frames, upholstery, springs, and webbing to locate defects
  • Draw cutting lines on material following patterns, templates, sketches, or blueprints, using chalk, pencils, paint, or other methods
  • Make, restore, or create custom upholstered furniture, using hand tools and knowledge of fabrics and upholstery methods
  • Measure and cut new covering materials, using patterns and measuring and cutting instruments, following sketches and design specifications
  • Maintain records of time required to perform each job
  • Discuss upholstery fabrics, colors, and styles with customers, and provide cost estimates
  • Repair furniture frames and refinish exposed wood
  • Operate sewing machines or sew upholstery by hand to seam cushions and join various sections of covering material
  • Pick up and deliver furniture
  • Interweave and fasten strips of webbing to the backs and undersides of furniture, using small hand tools and fasteners
  • Sew rips or tears in material, or create tufting, using needles and thread
  • Attach bindings or apply solutions to edges of cut material to prevent raveling
  • Attach fasteners, grommets, buttons, buckles, ornamental trim, and other accessories to covers or frames, using hand tools
  • Adjust or replace webbing, padding, or springs, and secure them in place
  • Remove covering, webbing, padding, or defective springs from workpieces, using hand tools such as hammers and tack pullers
  • Stretch webbing and fabric, using webbing stretchers
  • Design upholstery cover patterns and cutting plans, based on sketches, customer descriptions, or blueprints
  • Make, repair, or replace automobile upholstery and convertible and vinyl tops, using knowledge of fabric and upholstery methods
  • Collaborate with interior designers to decorate rooms and coordinate furnishing fabrics

Education and Experience

  • A high school diploma and three years of appropriate experience
  • Appropriate vocational/technical training may substitute at an equivalent rate for the required experience
  • May operate University of Florida (UF) vehicles
  • Perform other duties, as assigned

Licensure and Certification

Florida Class E operator (driver) license (if required to work at remote locations)


This position may include supervisory responsibility.

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