Cabinetmakers and Bench Carpenters

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About the Job

Cut, shape, and assemble wooden articles or set up and operate a variety of woodworking machines, such as power saws, jointers, and mortisers to surface, cut, or shape lumber or to fabricate parts for wood products.

It is also Called

  • Woodworking Machinist
  • Woodworking Bench Carpenter
  • Woodworker
  • Wood Ski Maker
  • Wood Mechanist
  • Wood Machinist
  • Wood Furniture Assembler
  • Wood Cabinetmaker
  • Stock Checker
  • Smoking Pipe Maker
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What They Do

  • Program computers to operate machinery.
  • Apply Masonite, formica, or vinyl surfacing materials.
  • Design furniture, using computer-aided drawing programs.
  • Draw up detailed specifications and discuss projects with customers.
  • Dip, brush, or spray assembled articles with protective or decorative finishes, such as stain, varnish, paint, or lacquer.
  • Estimate the amounts, types, or costs of needed materials.
  • Repair or alter wooden furniture, cabinetry, fixtures, paneling, or other pieces.
  • Bore holes for insertion of screws or dowels, by hand or using boring machines.
  • Perform final touch-ups with sandpaper or steel wool.
  • Cut timber to the right size and shape and trim parts of joints to ensure a snug fit, using hand tools, such as planes, chisels, or wood files.

Interests

People who work in this occupation generally have the interest code: I.

This means people who work in this occupation generally have Investigative interests.

Work Values

People who work in this occupation generally prize Relationships, but also value Support and Achievement in their jobs.

Things They Need to Know

  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
  • Building and Construction - Knowledge of materials, methods, and the tools involved in the construction or repair of houses, buildings, or other structures such as highways and roads.
  • Production and Processing - Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.
  • Mechanical - Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
  • Design - Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.

Things They Need to Be Able to Do

  • Operation Monitoring - Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
  • Quality Control Analysis - Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
  • Operation and Control - Controlling operations of equipment or systems.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Equipment Selection - Determining the kind of tools and equipment needed to do a job.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

Education Required

These occupations usually require a high school diploma.

Wages

In 2016, the average annual wage in Pennsylvania was $38,740 with most people making between $24,740 and $55,200

Outlook

0.00%
avg. annual growth

During 2014, this occupation employed approximately 5,010 people in Pennsylvania. It is projected that there will be 5,010 employed in 2024.

This occupation will have about 0 openings due to growth and about 40 replacement openings for approximately 40 total annual openings.



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