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Woodworking Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Except Sawing

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

    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.
    • Select knives, saws, blades, cutter heads, cams, bits, or belts, according to workpiece, machine functions, or product specifications.
    • Push or hold workpieces against, under, or through cutting, boring, or shaping mechanisms.
    • 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
    • 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.

    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 $30,700/yr
    • Typical Salary
    • Ohio Hourly Wage $14.76/hr
    • Typical Hourly Wage
    Ohio Employment Trends
    • Currently Employed 4,610
    • Yearly Projected Openings 510
    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
    • Sanding machines
    • Planing machines
    • Cutting machines
    • Calipers
    • Boring machines
    Technology
    • Word processing software
    • Time accounting software
    • Spreadsheet software
    • Inventory management software
    • Industrial control software
    Tags
    • Apprenticeships are available for this occupation. These programs can help you get hands-on experience and build your skills.