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Cabinetmakers and Bench Carpenters

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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.

    Work Activities
    • Verify dimensions or check the quality or fit of pieces to ensure adherence to specifications.
    • Produce or assemble components of articles, such as store fixtures, office equipment, cabinets, or high-grade furniture.
    • Measure and mark dimensions of parts on paper or lumber stock prior to cutting, following blueprints, to ensure a tight fit and quality product.
    • Establish the specifications of articles to be constructed or repaired or plan the methods or operations for shaping or assembling parts, based on blueprints, drawings, diagrams, or oral or written instructions.
    • Set up or operate machines, including power saws, jointers, mortisers, tenoners, molders, or shapers, to cut, mold, or shape woodstock or wood substitutes.
    • Attach parts or subassemblies together to form completed units, using glue, dowels, nails, screws, or clamps.
    • Estimate the amounts, types, or costs of needed materials.
    • Reinforce joints with nails or other fasteners to prepare articles for finishing.
    • Install hardware, such as hinges, handles, catches, or drawer pulls, using hand tools.
    • Trim, sand, or scrape surfaces or joints to prepare articles for finishing.
    • Match materials for color, grain, or texture, giving attention to knots or other features of the wood.
    • 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.
    • Perform final touch-ups with sandpaper or steel wool.
    • Bore holes for insertion of screws or dowels, by hand or using boring machines.
    • Repair or alter wooden furniture, cabinetry, fixtures, paneling, or other pieces.
    • Dip, brush, or spray assembled articles with protective or decorative finishes, such as stain, varnish, paint, or lacquer.
    • Draw up detailed specifications and discuss projects with customers.
    • Design furniture, using computer-aided drawing programs.
    • Apply Masonite, formica, or vinyl surfacing materials.
    • Program computers to operate machinery.
    Skills
    • 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.

    WorkKeys®
    Applied Math
    4
    Workplace Documents
    4
    Graphic Literacy
    4
    Abilities
    • Arm-Hand Steadiness

      The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.

    • Finger Dexterity

      The ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects.

    • Manual Dexterity

      The ability to quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.

    Knowledge
    • 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.

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    Pay
    • Ohio Annual Salary $36,730/yr
    • Typical Salary
    • Ohio Hourly Wage $17.66/hr
    • Typical Hourly Wage
    Ohio Employment Trends
    • Currently Employed 4,760
    • 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:
    • Dependability
    • Attention to Detail
    • Cooperation
    • Stress Tolerance
    • Adaptability/Flexibility
    • Concern for Others
    Tools
    • Wood chisels
    • Power saws
    • Power routers
    • Planes
    • Hand clamps
    Technology
    • Spreadsheet software
    • Project management software
    • Facilities management software
    • Data base user interface and query software
    • Computer aided design CAD software
    Tags
    • InDemand occupations are considered a priority by the state of Ohio.
    • Apprenticeships are available for this occupation. These programs can help you get hands-on experience and build your skills.