Sets up, operates, or tends woodworking machines, such as drill presses, lathes, shapers, routers, sanders, planers, and wood nailing machines. May operate CNC equipment.
This career is part of the Manufacturing cluster Production pathway.
A person in this career:
- Sets up, programs, operates, or tends computerized or manual woodworking machines, such as drill presses, lathes, shapers, routers, sanders, planers, or wood-nailing machines.
- Examines finished workpieces for smoothness, shape, angle, depth-of-cut, or conformity to specifications and verifies dimensions, visually and using hands, rules, calipers, templates, or gauges.
- Starts machines, adjusts controls, and makes trial cuts to ensure that machinery is operating properly.
- Monitors operation of machines and makes adjustments to correct problems and ensures conformance to specifications.
- Examines raw woodstock for defects and to ensure conformity to size and other specification standards.
- Adjusts machine tables or cutting devices and sets controls on machines to produce specified cuts or operations.
- Installs and adjusts blades, cutterheads, boring-bits, or sanding-belts, using hand tools and rules.
- Changes alignment and adjustment of sanding, cutting, or boring machine guides to prevent defects in finished products, using hand tools.
- Determines product specifications and materials, work methods, and machine setup requirements, according to blueprints, oral or written instructions, drawings, or work orders.
- Feeds stock through feed mechanisms or conveyors into planing, shaping, boring, mortising, or sanding machines to produce desired components.