Woodworking Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Except Sawing

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About the Job

Set up, operate, or tend woodworking machines, such as drill presses, lathes, shapers, routers, sanders, planers, and wood nailing machines. May operate CNC equipment.

It is also Called

  • Woodworking Belt Sander
  • Wood Turning Lathe Operator
  • Wood Turner
  • Wood Router Hand
  • Wood Router
  • Wood Planer
  • Wood Molder
  • Wood Milling Machine Tender
  • Wood Milling Machine Operator
  • Wood Milling Machine Hand
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What They Do

  • Sharpen knives, bits, or other cutting or shaping tools.
  • Control hoists to remove parts or products from work stations.
  • Set up, program, or control computer-aided design (CAD) or computer numerical control (CNC) machines.
  • Operate gluing machines to glue pieces of wood together, or to press and affix wood veneer to wood surfaces.
  • Start machines and move levers to engage hydraulic lifts that press woodstocks into desired forms and disengage lifts after appropriate drying times.
  • Unclamp workpieces and remove them from machines.
  • Grease or oil woodworking machines.
  • Trim wood parts according to specifications, using planes, chisels, or wood files or sanders.
  • Attach and adjust guides, stops, clamps, chucks, or feed mechanisms, using hand tools.
  • Clean or maintain products, machines, or work areas.

Interests

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

This means people who work in this occupation generally have Investigative interests, but also prefer Artistic environments.

Work Values

People who work in this occupation generally prize Support, but also value Independence and Working Conditions in their jobs.

Things They Need to Know

  • Mechanical - Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
  • Production and Processing - Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.
  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
  • Public Safety and Security - Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.
  • 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.

Things They Need to Be Able to Do

  • Operation Monitoring - Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
  • Operation and Control - Controlling operations of equipment or systems.
  • 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.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Troubleshooting - Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.



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