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Woodworking Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Except Sawing

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

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    Work Activities

    Work Activities

    • Examine finished workpieces for smoothness, shape, angle, depth-of-cut, or conformity to specifications and verify dimensions, visually and using hands, rules, calipers, templates, or gauges.
    • Set up, program, operate, or tend computerized or manual woodworking machines, such as drill presses, lathes, shapers, routers, sanders, planers, or wood-nailing machines.
    • Start machines, adjust controls, and make trial cuts to ensure that machinery is operating properly.
    • Monitor operation of machines and make adjustments to correct problems and ensure conformance to specifications.
    • Examine raw woodstock for defects and to ensure conformity to size and other specification standards.
    • Adjust machine tables or cutting devices and set controls on machines to produce specified cuts or operations.
    • Install and adjust blades, cutterheads, boring-bits, or sanding-belts, using hand tools and rules.
    • Change alignment and adjustment of sanding, cutting, or boring machine guides to prevent defects in finished products, using hand tools.
    • Determine product specifications and materials, work methods, and machine setup requirements, according to blueprints, oral or written instructions, drawings, or work orders.
    • Feed stock through feed mechanisms or conveyors into planing, shaping, boring, mortising, or sanding machines to produce desired components.
    • Push or hold workpieces against, under, or through cutting, boring, or shaping mechanisms.
    • Select knives, saws, blades, cutter heads, cams, bits, or belts, according to workpiece, machine functions, or product specifications.
    • Remove and replace worn parts, bits, belts, sandpaper, or shaping tools.
    • Secure woodstock against a guide or in a holding device, place woodstock on a conveyor, or dump woodstock in a hopper to feed woodstock into machines.
    • Inspect and mark completed workpieces and stack them on pallets, in boxes, or on conveyors so that they can be moved to the next workstation.
    • Inspect pulleys, drive belts, guards, or fences on machines to ensure that machines will operate safely.
    • Clean or maintain products, machines, or work areas.
    • Attach and adjust guides, stops, clamps, chucks, or feed mechanisms, using hand tools.
    • Trim wood parts according to specifications, using planes, chisels, or wood files or sanders.
    • Unclamp workpieces and remove them from machines.
    • Start machines and move levers to engage hydraulic lifts that press woodstocks into desired forms and disengage lifts after appropriate drying times.
    • Operate gluing machines to glue pieces of wood together, or to press and affix wood veneer to wood surfaces.
    • Set up, program, or control computer-aided design (CAD) or computer numerical control (CNC) machines.
    • Grease or oil woodworking machines.
    • Control hoists to remove parts or products from work stations.
    • Sharpen knives, bits, or other cutting or shaping tools.

    Skills

    • Operations 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.

    WorkKeys®

    Applied Math
    4
    Workplace Documents
    4
    Graphic Literacy
    4

    Abilities

    • Near Vision

      The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).

    • Reaction Time

      The ability to quickly respond (with the hand, finger, or foot) to a signal (sound, light, picture) when it appears.

    • Control Precision

      The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.

    Knowledge

    • 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.

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    Pay

    • Ohio Annual Salary 31410/yr
    • Typical Salary
    • Ohio Hourly Wage 15.1/hr
    • Typical Hourly Wage

    Ohio Employment Trends

    • Currently Employed 3,860
    • Yearly Projected Openings 540

    Typical Education

    Personality

    Realistic: People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions.They do well at jobs that need:
    • Attention to Detail
    • Dependability
    • Adaptability/Flexibility
    • Independence
    • Integrity
    • Cooperation

    Tools

    • Planing machines
    • Planes
    • Cutting machines
    • Calipers
    • Boring machines

    Technology

    • Word processing software
    • Operating system software
    • Graphics or photo imaging software
    • Computer aided manufacturing CAM software
    • Computer aided design CAD software

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