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Career Details :: Cabinetmakers and Bench Carpenters
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.
Previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is required for these occupations. For example, an electrician must have completed three or four years of apprenticeship or several years of vocational training, and often must have passed a licensing exam, in order to perform the job.
Most occupations in this zone require training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree. Some may require a bachelor's degree.
Employees in these occupations usually need one or two years of training involving both on-the-job experience and informal training with experienced workers.
- Studies blueprints, drawings, and written specifications of articles to be constructed or repaired and plans sequence of performing such operations.
- Glues, fits, and clamps parts and subassemblies together to form complete unit.
- Sands and scrapes surfaces and joints of articles to prepare articles for finishing.
- Drives nails or other fasteners to joints of articles to prepare articles for finishing.
- Marks dimensions of parts on paper or lumber stock, following blueprints, and matches lumber for color, grain, and texture.
- Dips, brushes, or sprays assembled articles with protective or decorative materials, such as stain, varnish, or lacquer.
- Sets up and operates machines, including power saws, jointers, mortisers, tenoners, molders, and shapers, to cut and shape woodstock.
- Trims component parts of joints to ensure snug fit, using hand tools, such as planes, chisels, or wood files.
- Installs hardware, such as hinges, catches, and drawer pulls, using hand tools.
- Bores holes for insertion of screws or dowel by hand or using boring machine.
General Work Activities
- Handling and Moving Objects
- Controlling Machines and Processes
- Performing General Physical Activities
- Getting Information Needed to Do the Job
- Monitor Processes, Material, Surroundings
Frequent Work Context
- Using Hands on Objects, Tools, Controls
- Importance of Being Exact or Accurate
- Importance of Being Sure All Is Done
- Consequence of Error