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Career Details :: Woodworking Machine Operators and Tenders, Except Sawing
Operate or tend woodworking machines, such as drill presses, lathes, shapers, routers, sanders, planers, and wood-nailing machines to perform woodworking operations.
No previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is needed for these occupations. For example, a person can become a general office clerk even if he/she has never worked in an office before.
These occupations may require a high school diploma or GED certificate. Some may require a formal training course to obtain a license.
Employees in these occupations need anywhere from a few days to a few months of training. Usually, an experienced worker could show you how to do the job.
- Examines rollers, sanding belts, knives, cutting or boring devices, and conveyor mechanisms and sharpens or replaces worn parts, using hand tools.
- Re-adjusts and re-aligns guides of sanding, cutting, or boring machines to correct defects in finished product, using hand tools.
- Examines blueprints, drawings, or samples to determine size, type, and setting of machine tools, stops, jigs, and guides to use.
- Installs and adjusts blades, cutter heads, boring-bits, or sanding-belts in machines, according to workpiece, machine function, and specifications, using hand tools.
- Cleans machines, workstation, or conveyor, using air hose, wax, solvents, brushes, and rags.
- Starts machine and moves lever to engage hydraulic lift to press woodstock into desired form, allows for drying-time, and removes.
- Marks or otherwise identifies completed and inspected workpiece.
- Places or secures woodstock against guide or into holding device prior to feeding into machine.
- Starts machine, adjusts controls, and moves lever or depresses pedal to bore, shape, smooth, shave, chip, slice, or cut woodstock.
- Hand-stacks on pallet or conveyor or controls hoist to remove part or product from workstation.
- Selects knives, blades, cutter heads, boring bits, or sanding belts, according to workpiece, machine function, and specifications.
- Examines raw woodstock for defects and to ensure conformity to size and other specification standards.
- Places water-soaked woodstock into form under hydraulic lift to shape for use in making such items as musical instruments.
- Examines finished workpiece for smoothness, shape, angle, depth of cut, and conformity to specifications, visually and using hands, rule, or other gauges.
- Combination Machine Tool Operators and Tenders, Metal and Plastic
- Drilling and Boring Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic
- Forging Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic
- Grinding, Honing, Lapping, and Deburring Machine Set-Up Operators
- Patternmakers, Metal and Plastic
- Press and Press Brake Machine Setters and Set-Up Operators, Metal and Plastic
- Sawing Machine Tool Setters and Set-Up Operators, Metal and Plastic
- Shear and Slitter Machine Setters and Set-Up Operators, Metal and Plastic
- Tool Grinders, Filers, and Sharpeners
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
- Degree of Automation
- Hazardous Equipment
- Using Hands on Objects, Tools, Controls
- Consequence of Error