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Career Details :: Woodworking Machine Setters and Set-Up Operators, Except Sawing
Set up or set up and operate woodworking machines, such as lathes, drill presses, sanders, shapers, and planing machines, to perform woodworking operations.
Some previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience may be helpful in these occupations, but usually is not needed. For example, a drywall installer might benefit from experience installing drywall, but an inexperienced person could still learn to be an installer with little difficulty.
These occupations usually require a high school diploma and may require some vocational training or job-related course work. In some cases, an associate's or bachelor's degree could be needed.
Employees in these occupations need anywhere from a few months to one year of working with experienced employees.
- Sharpens knives, bits, and other cutting and shaping tools.
- Mounts or clamps stock onto machine.
- Unclamps and removes workpiece from machine, and stacks workpiece on pallet or in box.
- Examines blueprints, drawings, and work orders to determine characteristics of finished item, materials to be used, and machine setup requirements.
- Adjusts machine table or cutting devices to produce specified cut or operation.
- Selects knives, sanding apparatus, cams, cutting heads, bits, chisels, and blades.
- Removes and replaces worn machine parts, knives, bits, belts, and sandpaper.
- Attaches and adjusts guides, stops, clamps, chucks, and feed mechanisms, using hand tools.
- Cleans product, machine, or work area, using rags and air hose.
- Examines workpiece visually, by touch, or using tape rule, calipers, or gauges to ensure product meets desired standards.
- Monitors operation of automatic machines and makes adjustments as needed to correct problems and ensure conformance to specifications.
- Pushes or holds workpiece against, under, or through cutting, boring, or shaping mechanism.
- Installs knives, sanding apparatus, cams, cutting heads, bits, chisels, and blades, using hand tools.
- Starts machine and feeds stock into machine through feed mechanisms or conveyors.
- Coil Winders, Tapers, and Finishers
- Combination Machine Tool Operators and Tenders, Metal and Plastic
- Engraver Set-Up Operators
- Numerical Control Machine Tool Operators and Tenders, Metal and Plastic
- Plate Finishers
- Punching Machine Setters and Set-Up Operators, Metal and Plastic
- Sawing Machine Setters and Set-Up Operators
- Sawing Machine Tool Setters and Set-Up Operators, Metal and Plastic
General Work Activities
- Handling and Moving Objects
- Controlling Machines and Processes
- Performing General Physical Activities
- Inspecting Equipment, Structures, Material
- Getting Information Needed to Do the Job
Frequent Work Context
- Hazardous Equipment
- Degree of Automation
- Hazardous Situations
- Hazardous Equipment
- Using Hands on Objects, Tools, Controls