Summary Report for:
51-7042.00 - Woodworking Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Except Sawing
Set up, operate, or tend woodworking machines, such as drill presses, lathes, shapers, routers, sanders, planers, and wood nailing machines. May operate CNC equipment.
Sample of reported job titles: Boring Machine Operator, Cabinet Maker, Computer Numerical Control Operator (CNC Operator), Knot Saw Operator, Lathe Operator, Machine Operator, Molder Operator, Router Operator, Sander, Sander Operator
Tasks | Tools & Technology | Knowledge | Skills | Abilities | Work Activities | Detailed Work Activities | Work Context | Job Zone | Education | Credentials | Interests | Work Styles | Work Values | Related Occupations | Wages & Employment | Job Openings | Additional Information
- 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.
- Examine raw woodstock for defects and to ensure conformity to size and other specification standards.
- Adjust machine tables or cutting devices and set controls on machines to produce specified cuts or operations.
- Install and adjust blades, cutterheads, boring-bits, or sanding-belts, using hand tools and rules.
- Change alignment and adjustment of sanding, cutting, or boring machine guides to prevent defects in finished products, using hand tools.
- Determine product specifications and materials, work methods, and machine setup requirements, according to blueprints, oral or written instructions, drawings, or work orders.
- Feed stock through feed mechanisms or conveyors into planing, shaping, boring, mortising, or sanding machines to produce desired components.
- Push or hold workpieces against, under, or through cutting, boring, or shaping mechanisms.
- Select knives, saws, blades, cutter heads, cams, bits, or belts, according to workpiece, machine functions, or product specifications.
- Remove and replace worn parts, bits, belts, sandpaper, or shaping tools.
- Secure woodstock against a guide or in a holding device, place woodstock on a conveyor, or dump woodstock in a hopper to feed woodstock into machines.
- 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.
- Inspect pulleys, drive belts, guards, or fences on machines to ensure that machines will operate safely.
- Clean or maintain products, machines, or work areas.
- Attach and adjust guides, stops, clamps, chucks, or feed mechanisms, using hand tools.
- Trim wood parts according to specifications, using planes, chisels, or wood files or sanders.
- Grease or oil woodworking machines.
- Unclamp workpieces and remove them from machines.
- Start machines and move levers to engage hydraulic lifts that press woodstocks into desired forms and disengage lifts after appropriate drying times.
- Operate gluing machines to glue pieces of wood together, or to press and affix wood veneer to wood surfaces.
- Set up, program, or control computer-aided design (CAD) or computer numerical control (CNC) machines.
- Control hoists to remove parts or products from work stations.
Tools & Technology
Tools used in this occupation:
- Adjustable wrenches — Adjustable hand wrenches
- Biscuit jointers
- Boring machines — Boring bars; Computerized numerical control CNC boring machines; Line boring machines; Screw pocket machines
- Calipers — Dial calipers; Digital calipers; Vernier calipers
- Cheesegrater file — Wood files
- Claw hammer — Claw hammers
- Compasses — Dividers
- Conveyor feeders
- Cutting machines — Double end tenoners; Tenoners
- Desktop computers
- Drilling machines — Drill presses
- Ear muffs — Protective ear muffs
- Grease guns
- Grinding machines — Profile grinders
- Hand sprayers — Spray guns
- Height gauges
- Hold down clamps — Holding clamps
- Horizontal turning center — Turning lathes
- Hydraulic press frames — Hydraulic hot presses
- Mainframe console or dumb terminals — Computer terminals
- Milling machines — Machining centers
- Paint brushes — Paint application brushes
- Planes — Shapers; Spindle shapers
- Planing machines — Planers
- Pneumatic sanding machines
- Positioning jig — Case clamps; Holding jigs
- Power grinders — Bench grinders
- Power nail guns — Nailing machines
- Power routers
- Power sanders — Random orbital sanders
- Power saws — Automatic panel saws
- Protective gloves — Safety gloves
- Rulers — Precision rulers
- Safety glasses
- Sanding machines — Edge sanders; Wide belt sanders
- Saws — Handsaws
- Shaper cutter — Shaping machines
- Squares — Combination squares
- Templates — Layout templates
- Tracer or duplicating or contouring lathe — Lathes
- Wood chisels — Woodworking chisels
- Wood gouge — Hand lathes
Technology used in this occupation:
- Mechanical — Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
- Operation Monitoring — Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
- Operation and Control — Controlling operations of equipment or systems.
- Quality Control Analysis — Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.
- Monitoring — Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
- Equipment Maintenance — Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed.
- Speaking — Talking to others to convey information effectively.
- Troubleshooting — Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.
- Near Vision — The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
- Reaction Time — The ability to quickly respond (with the hand, finger, or foot) to a signal (sound, light, picture) when it appears.
- Control Precision — The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.
- Static Strength — The ability to exert maximum muscle force to lift, push, pull, or carry objects.
- Auditory Attention — The ability to focus on a single source of sound in the presence of other distracting sounds.
- Far Vision — The ability to see details at a distance.
- Perceptual Speed — The ability to quickly and accurately compare similarities and differences among sets of letters, numbers, objects, pictures, or patterns. The things to be compared may be presented at the same time or one after the other. This ability also includes comparing a presented object with a remembered object.
- Visualization — The ability to imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged.
- Category Flexibility — The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.
- Dynamic Strength — The ability to exert muscle force repeatedly or continuously over time. This involves muscular endurance and resistance to muscle fatigue.
- Extent Flexibility — The ability to bend, stretch, twist, or reach with your body, arms, and/or legs.
- Flexibility of Closure — The ability to identify or detect a known pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) that is hidden in other distracting material.
- Rate Control — The ability to time your movements or the movement of a piece of equipment in anticipation of changes in the speed and/or direction of a moving object or scene.
- Speech Recognition — The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
- Controlling Machines and Processes — Using either control mechanisms or direct physical activity to operate machines or processes (not including computers or vehicles).
- Making Decisions and Solving Problems — Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.
- Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings — Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems.
- Judging the Qualities of Things, Services, or People — Assessing the value, importance, or quality of things or people.
- Processing Information — Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or verifying information or data.
Detailed Work Activities
- Remove products or workpieces from production equipment.
- Mount attachments or tools onto production equipment.
- Select production equipment according to product specifications.
- Select production input materials.
- Mount materials or workpieces onto production equipment.
- Operate cranes, hoists, or other moving or lifting equipment.
- Monitor equipment operation to ensure that products are not flawed.
- Measure dimensions of completed products or workpieces to verify conformance to specifications.
- Trim excess material from workpieces.
- Inspect production equipment.
- Load materials into production equipment.
- Set equipment controls to meet cutting specifications.
- Mark products, workpieces, or equipment with identifying information.
- Remove accessories, tools, or other parts from equipment.
- Stack finished items for further processing or shipment.
- Clean production equipment.
- Clean work areas.
- Feed materials or products into or through equipment.
- Determine production equipment settings.
- Replace worn equipment components.
- Set equipment guides, stops, spacers, or other fixtures.
- Conduct test runs of production equipment.
- Program equipment to perform production tasks.
- Inspect lumber or raw woodstock.
- Maintain production or processing equipment.
- Operate woodworking equipment.
- Lubricate production equipment.
- Maneuver workpieces in equipment during production.
- Sharpen cutting or grinding tools.
- Exposed to Contaminants — 99% responded “Every day.”
- Face-to-Face Discussions — 85% responded “Every day.”
- Sounds, Noise Levels Are Distracting or Uncomfortable — 87% responded “Every day.”
- Spend Time Using Your Hands to Handle, Control, or Feel Objects, Tools, or Controls — 89% responded “Continually or almost continually.”
- Spend Time Standing — 88% responded “Continually or almost continually.”
- Indoors, Not Environmentally Controlled — 92% responded “Every day.”
- Exposed to Hazardous Equipment — 86% responded “Every day.”
- Importance of Being Exact or Accurate — 55% responded “Extremely important.”
- Spend Time Making Repetitive Motions — 67% responded “Continually or almost continually.”
- Wear Common Protective or Safety Equipment such as Safety Shoes, Glasses, Gloves, Hearing Protection, Hard Hats, or Life Jackets — 79% responded “Every day.”
- Work With Work Group or Team — 46% responded “Extremely important.”
- Time Pressure — 49% responded “Every day.”
- Spend Time Bending or Twisting the Body — 47% responded “Continually or almost continually.”
- Freedom to Make Decisions — 40% responded “Some freedom.”
- Structured versus Unstructured Work — 36% responded “Some freedom.”
- Duration of Typical Work Week — 58% responded “40 hours.”
- Importance of Repeating Same Tasks — 36% responded “Extremely important.”
- Contact With Others — 43% responded “Constant contact with others.”
- Frequency of Decision Making — 58% responded “Every day.”
- Very Hot or Cold Temperatures — 33% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.”
- Impact of Decisions on Co-workers or Company Results — 31% responded “Important results.”
- Responsibility for Outcomes and Results — 36% responded “Very high responsibility.”
- Exposed to Minor Burns, Cuts, Bites, or Stings — 32% responded “Every day.”
- Responsible for Others' Health and Safety — 37% responded “Very high responsibility.”
- Spend Time Walking and Running — 31% responded “Less than half the time.”
- Coordinate or Lead Others — 48% responded “Important.”
- Pace Determined by Speed of Equipment — 27% responded “Very important.”
- Physical Proximity — 41% responded “Moderately close (at arm's length).”
- Cramped Work Space, Awkward Positions — 31% responded “Once a month or more but not every week.”
|Title||Job Zone Two: Some Preparation Needed|
|Education||These occupations usually require a high school diploma.|
|Related Experience||Some previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is usually needed. For example, a teller would benefit from experience working directly with the public.|
|Job Training||Employees in these occupations need anywhere from a few months to one year of working with experienced employees. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.|
|Job Zone Examples||These occupations often involve using your knowledge and skills to help others. Examples include sheet metal workers, forest fire fighters, customer service representatives, physical therapist aides, salespersons (retail), and tellers.|
|SVP Range||(4.0 to < 6.0)|
Percentage of Respondents
|Education Level Required|
|73||High school diploma or equivalent|
|21||Less than high school diploma|
Interest code: RCI
- Conventional — Conventional occupations frequently involve following set procedures and routines. These occupations can include working with data and details more than with ideas. Usually there is a clear line of authority to follow.
- Investigative — Investigative occupations frequently involve working with ideas, and require an extensive amount of thinking. These occupations can involve searching for facts and figuring out problems mentally.
- Attention to Detail — Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.
- Adaptability/Flexibility — Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace.
- Integrity — Job requires being honest and ethical.
- Persistence — Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles.
- Analytical Thinking — Job requires analyzing information and using logic to address work-related issues and problems.
- Innovation — Job requires creativity and alternative thinking to develop new ideas for and answers to work-related problems.
- Initiative — Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.
- Achievement/Effort — Job requires establishing and maintaining personally challenging achievement goals and exerting effort toward mastering tasks.
- Working Conditions — Occupations that satisfy this work value offer job security and good working conditions. Corresponding needs are Activity, Compensation, Independence, Security, Variety and Working Conditions.
Wages & Employment Trends
|Median wages (2014)||$13.20 hourly, $27,450 annual|
|Employment (2012)||62,000 employees|
|Projected growth (2012-2022)||Average (8% to 14%)|
|Projected job openings (2012-2022)||9,600|
|Top industries (2012)|
Job Openings on the Web
Sources of Additional Information
- Woodworkers . Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor. Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-15 Edition.