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Woodworking Machine Setters, Operators And Tenders
Woodworking Machine Setters, Operators and Tenders set up, operate, or tend woodworking machines, such as drill presses, lathes, shapers, routers, sanders, planers, and wood nailing machines. May operate CNC equipment.
What they do
- Set up, program, operate or tend computerized or manual woodworking machines, such as drill presses, lathes, shapers, routers, sanders, planers, or wood-nailing machines.
- 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.
- 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.
On a daily basis, Woodworking Machine Operators clean or maintain products, machines, or work areas. They feedstock through feed mechanisms or conveyors into planing, shaping, boring, mortising, or sanding machines to produce desired components.
A typical day for a Woodworking Machine Setter, Operator, and Tender will also include:
- Inspect pulleys, drive belts, guards, or fences on machines to ensure that machines will operate safely.
- Operate gluing machines to glue pieces of wood together, or to press and affix wood veneer to wood surfaces.
- Examine raw Woodstock for defects and ensure conformity to size and other specification standards.
- Attach and adjust guides, stops, clamps, chucks, or feed mechanisms, using hand tools.
- 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.
Besides their typical day, Woodworking Machine Operators also grease or oil woodworking machines. They may also sharpen knives, bits, or other cutting or shaping tools.
On a weekly to monthly basis, Woodworking Machine Operators remove and replace worn parts, bits, belts, sandpaper, or shaping tools. They might also control hoists to remove parts or products from workstations.
In addition, they install and adjust blades, cutter heads, boring-bits, or sanding-belts, using hand tools and rules.
Although specific duties may vary, many of them change alignment and adjustment of sanding, cutting, or boring machine guides to prevent defects in finished products, using hand tools.
To some Woodworking Machine Operators, it is also their responsibility to clean or maintain products, machines, or work areas.
What is the job like
61% said they were satisfied with their job and 46% said they found their job meaningful.
Suitable for people who like practical and hands-on work.
Suitable for people who want to work in a supportive work environment.
It is easy to get into this career. Some previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is required to get started.
Demand for this career is growing fast.
Not suitable for people who like to help and teach others.
One of the lowest paying jobs.
Entry-level Woodworking Machine Setters, Operators And Tenders with little to no experience can expect to make anywhere between $22,490 to $26,840 per year or $11 to $13 per hour.
|Highest (Top 10%)||$23||$47,780|
|Senior (Top 25%)||$19||$39,130|
|Middle (Mid 50%)||$15||$32,160|
|Junior (Bottom 25%)||$13||$26,840|
|No experience (Bottom 10%)||$11||$22,490|
Should you become one
You can read more about these career personality types here.
People with this personality type likes practical and hands-on work. They prefer working with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery.
People who are suitable for this job tend to like work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They like working with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery.
They also like following set procedures and routines. They like working with data and details more than with ideas.