Woodworking Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Except Sawing

Also called : Boring Machine Operator, Cabinet Maker, Knot Saw Operator, Lathe Operator, Machine Operator, Molder Operator, Router Operator, Sander, Sander Operator

What they do

Set up, operate, or tend woodworking machines, such as drill presses, lathes, shapers, routers, sanders, planers, and wood nailing machines. May operate computer numerically controlled (CNC) equipment.

On the job, one would



      • Operations 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.

      • Critical Thinking
        Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions, or approaches to problems.


      • 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.

      • Manual Dexterity
        The ability to quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.

      • Oral Comprehension
        The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.


      People interested in this work, will do well at jobs that need;

      • Attention to Detail
        Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.

      • Dependability
        Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.

      • Adaptability/Flexibility
        Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace.

      • Independence
        Job requires developing one's own ways of doing things, guiding oneself with little or no supervision, and depending on oneself to get things done.

      • Integrity
        Job requires being honest and ethical.

      • Cooperation
        Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.

      • 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.

      • Self-Control
        Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations.

      • Innovation
        Job requires creativity and alternative thinking to develop new ideas for and answers to work-related problems.


      • Computer aided design CAD software

      • Computer aided manufacturing CAM software

      • Data base user interface and query software

      • Desktop publishing software

      • Development environment software

      • Document management software

      • Electronic mail software

      • Enterprise resource planning ERP software

      • Graphics or photo imaging software

      • Industrial control software

      • Inventory management software


      • Preparation

        Some Preparation Needed

      • Education

        High school diploma.

      • Experience

        Some previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is usually needed.

      • Jobtraining

        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.

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