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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.   (O'Net 51-7042.00)

 
Reported job titles:   Adzing and Boring Machine Operator, Artificial Log Machine Operator, Automatic Clipper, Automatic Nailing Machine Operator, Automatic Profile Shaper Operator, Balloon Sander, Band Nailer, Bander, Barker Operator, Barrel Builder, Barrel Charrer, Barrel Lathe Operator, Barrel Maker, Basket Assembler, Basket Braider, Basket Maker, Basket Weaver, Bender Machine Operator, Bending Frame Operator, Blind Slat Stapling Machine Operator, Board Finisher, Borer, Boring Machine Operator, Bottom Hoop Driver, Bottom Turning Lathe Tender, Bottom Turning Lathe Turner, Bowl Turner, Box Blank Machine Operator, Box Stapler, Box-Blank-Machine Operator, Briar Cutter, Bucker, Bucket Chucker, Bucket Turner, Burn Table Operator, Cabinet Maker, Checkering Machine Adjuster, Chip Machine Operator, Chip Mixing Machine Operator, Chipper, Chipper Machine Operator, Chucking and Boring Machine Operator, Chucking Machine Operator, Chucking Machine Set Up Operator, Cleat Blanker, Cleat Maker, Cleater, CNC Wood Lathe Operator, Computer Numerical Control Operator (CNC Operator), Copy Lathe Tender, Core Composer Feeder, Core Layer Machine Operator, Cork Grinder, Cork Molder, Corrugated Fastener Driver, Corrugator, Creosoting Engineer, Custom Shop Worker, Cylinder Sander Operator, Dado Operator, Dolly Operator, Dollyman, Door Clamper, Doors Prefitter, Double End Trimmer, Dovetail Machine Operator, Dovetailer, Dowel Inserting Machine Operator, Dowel Machine Operator, Dowel Maker, Doweler, Embossing Machine Operator, End Frazer, End Matcher, End Stapler, End Touching Machine Operator, Excelsior Machine Operator, Excelsior Machine Tender, Fastener, Flake Cutter Operator, Flooring Machine Operator, Foot Miter Operator, Frame Polisher, Frame Table Operator, Framer, Frazer, Groover and Striper Operator, Header, Heading Machine Operator, Heading Pinner, Heel Nailing Machine Operator, Hinging Machine Operator, Hoop Expander, Hoop Machine Operator, Hoop Maker, Hoop Riveter, Hooper, Impregnator, Incising Machine Operator, Inletter, Inside Barrel Lathe Operator, Jointer Machine Operator, Jointer Operator, Knife Setter, Knot Saw Operator, Laminating Machine Operator, Lap Machine Operator, Lapper, Last Scourer, Last Trimmer, Last Turner, Lathe Operator, Lathe Sander, Lathe Set Up Operator, Lathe Spotter, Linderman, Linderman Machine Operator, Linderman Operator, Line Tender, Lock Corner Machine Operator, Log Cooker, Lumber Press Operator, Lumber Tripper, Machine Bender, Machine Operator, Machine Sander, Machine Setter, Machine Slat Basket Maker, Machine Wood Sander, Machine Woodworking Sander, Manufacturing Assistant, Manufacturing Associate, Manufacturing Operator, Miller, Molder Feeder, Molder Operator, Molding Cutter, Molding Sander, Mortising Machine Operator, Multi-Purpose Machine Operator, Multiple Drum Sander, Nail Kegger, Nail Setter, Nail Sticker, Nailer, Nailer Operator, Nailhead Operator, Nailhead Setter, Nailing Machine Operator, Outside Barrel Lathe Operator, Pipe and Tank Fabricator, Planer, Planer Operator, Planer Operator / Grader, Planer Setup Operator, Planer Type Milling Machine Setup Operator, Planing Machine Operator, Plow and Boring Machine Tender, Plug Machine Operator, Plugging Machine Operator, Plywood Scarfer Tender, Pole Peeling Machine Operator, Portable Machine Sander, Power Barker, Power Barker Operator, Power Bender Operator, Profile Shaper Operator, Pulley Mortiser Operator, Puncher, Putty Worker, Rabbet Operator, Rafter Cutting Machine Operator, Rail Bender, Retort Engineer, Rodding Machine Tender, Roof Truss Builder, Roof Truss Machine Tender, Rough Planer Tender, Rounding Machine Tender, Router Operator, Router Tender, Sander, Sander Operator, Sanding Machine Buffer, Sanding Machine Operator or Tender, Sanding Machine Tender, Scooping Machine Tender, Set Up Worker, Set-Up Mechanic, Shake Backboard Notcher, Shank Threader, Shaper Operator, Shook Machine Operator, Shuttle Spotter, Sizing Machine Tender, Skiver, Skiving Machine Operator, Skoog Machine Operator, Skoog Operator, Skoog Patching Machine Operator, Slab Tripper, Slack Cooper, Slat Basket Maker, Slicing Machine Operator/Tender, Slicing Machine Tender, Small Craft Operator, Smoking Pipe Driller and Threader, Spar Machine Operator, Speed Belt Sander, Speed Belt Sander Tender, Spindle Carver, Splicer Operator, Splitter Tender, Splitting Machine Operator, Splitting Machine Tender, Squeezer, Squeezer Operator, Stacker Tender, Stapler, Stapling Machine Operator, Stave Jointer, Stave Machine Tender, Steam Box Operator, Stemhole Borer, Stock Checker, Stroke Belt Sander Operator, Swing Type Lathe Operator, Tenoner Operator, Timber Sizer, Timber Sizer Operator, Tip Inserter, Tongue and Groove Machine Operator, Touch-Up Carver, Trans Router, Treating Engineer, Trimmer and Borer Machine Operator, Trimming Machine Set-Up Operator, Truss Builder, Turner, Turning Lathe Tender, Turning Machine Set-Up Operator, Turning Sander Operator, Turning Sander Tender, Turret Lathe Operator, Turret Lathe Set Up Operator, Veneer Clipper, Veneer Joiner, Veneer Jointer, Veneer Jointer Operator, Veneer Lathe Operator, Veneer Press Operator, Veneer Slicing Machine Operator, Veneer Splicer, Weaver, Whiting Machine Operator, Wire Stitcher, Wood Borer, Wood Boring Machine Operator, Wood Carving Lathe Operator, Wood Carving Machine Operator, Wood Chopper, Wood Coat Hanger Shaper Machine Operator, Wood Dowel Machine Operator, Wood Drill Operator, Wood Drilling Machine Operator, Wood Gouger, Wood Handler, Wood Heel Back Liner, Wood Lathe Operator, Wood Machine Carver, Wood Miller, Wood Milling Machine Hand, Wood Milling Machine Operator, Wood Milling Machine Tender, Wood Molder, Wood Planer, Wood Router, Wood Router Hand, Wood Turner, Wood Turning Lathe Operator, Woodworking Belt Sander
 
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    Wages
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     Location Pay
    Period
    2016
    Percentile Wages Average
    Wage
    10% 25% 50%
    Median
    75% 90%
     Vermont Hourly $ 10.93   $ 12.49   $ 14.45   $ 17.20   $ 19.44   $ 14.90  
    Yearly $22,740   $25,980   $30,050   $35,780   $40,440   $30,990  
     
     Burlington-South Burlington, VT Metropolitan NECTA Hourly $ 12.43   $ 13.59   $ 15.46   $ 17.60   $ 18.90   $ 15.38  
    Yearly $25,860   $28,270   $32,150   $36,620   $39,320   $32,000  
     
     Southern Vermont Balance of State Hourly $ 11.44   $ 12.89   $ 14.71   $ 17.50   $ 19.60   $ 15.21  
    Yearly $23,790   $26,820   $30,600   $36,400   $40,770   $31,630  
     
     Northern Vermont Balance of State Hourly $ 10.40   $ 11.65   $ 13.60   $ 16.28   $ 19.48   $ 14.23  
    Yearly $21,630   $24,240   $28,300   $33,870   $40,520   $29,600  
     
    What are Percentile Wages?
    source: Occupational Employment Statistics, Vermont Labor Market Information, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, released April 2017.
     


    Employment Trends
    for Woodworking Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Except Sawing
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    Location Employment Annual % change
    (compounded)
    Annual job openings
    (due to growth and
    net replacements)
    2014 2024
    Vermont 492 441 -1.1% 8
    source: Employment Projections, Vermont Economic & Labor Market Information, in cooperation with U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, statewide estimates released July 2016.
     


    Industries of Employment
    for Woodworking Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Except Sawing
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    Industry Percent of Total
    2014
    Wood product manufacturing 60.9%
    Furniture and related product manufacturing 27.3%
    Miscellaneous manufacturing 3.8%
    Merchant wholesalers, durable goods 2.4%
    Building material and garden equipment and supplies dealers 2.0%
    source: Employment Projections, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, National Employment Matrix, released July 2016.
     


    Tasks
    for Woodworking Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Except Sawing
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  • Start machines, adjust controls, and make trial cuts to ensure that machinery is operating properly.
     
  • 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.
     
  • Adjust machine tables or cutting devices and set controls on machines to produce specified cuts or operations.
     
  • Monitor operation of machines and make adjustments to correct problems and ensure conformance to specifications.
     
  • Set up, program, operate, or tend computerized or manual woodworking machines, such as drill presses, lathes, shapers, routers, sanders, planers, or wood-nailing machines.
     
  • Select knives, saws, blades, cutter heads, cams, bits, or belts, according to workpiece, machine functions, or product specifications.
     
  • 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.
     
  • Install and adjust blades, cutterheads, boring-bits, or sanding-belts, using hand tools and rules.
     
  • 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.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Woodworking Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Except Sawing  updated December 2006
     


    Knowledge
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  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
     
  • Production and Processing - Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.
     
  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
     
  • Design - Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
     
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
     
  • Mechanical - Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Woodworking Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Except Sawing  updated December 2006
     


    Skills
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  • Operation Monitoring - Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
     
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
     
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
     
  • Operation and Control - Controlling operations of equipment or systems.
     
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
     
  • Quality Control Analysis - Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.
     
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
     
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
     
  • Troubleshooting - Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Woodworking Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Except Sawing  updated June 2010
     


    Abilities
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  • 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.
     
  • Near Vision - The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
     
  • 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.
     
  • Arm-Hand Steadiness - The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.
     
  • Auditory Attention - The ability to focus on a single source of sound in the presence of other distracting sounds.
     
  • Problem Sensitivity - The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
     
  • 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.
     
  • Trunk Strength - The ability to use your abdominal and lower back muscles to support part of the body repeatedly or continuously over time without 'giving out' or fatiguing.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Woodworking Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Except Sawing  updated December 2006
     


    Work Activities
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  • Controlling Machines and Processes - Using either control mechanisms or direct physical activity to operate machines or processes (not including computers or vehicles).
     
  • Handling and Moving Objects - Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things.
     
  • Getting Information - Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
     
  • Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material - Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials to identify the cause of errors or other problems or defects.
     
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates - Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.
     
  • Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings - Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems.
     
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events - Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.
     
  • Performing General Physical Activities - Performing physical activities that require considerable use of your arms and legs and moving your whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling of materials.
     
  • Judging the Qualities of Things, Services, or People - Assessing the value, importance, or quality of things or people.
     
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems - Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Woodworking Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Except Sawing  updated December 2006
     


    Interests
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  • Realistic - Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others.
     
  • 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.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Woodworking Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Except Sawing  updated June 2008
     


    Work Styles
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  • 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.
     
  • Integrity - Job requires being honest and ethical.
     
  • Self Control - Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations.
     
  • 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.
     
  • 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.
     
  • Concern for Others - Job requires being sensitive to others' needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job.
     
  • Achievement/Effort - Job requires establishing and maintaining personally challenging achievement goals and exerting effort toward mastering tasks.
     
  • Initiative - Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Woodworking Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Except Sawing  updated December 2006
     


    State of Vermont License Information
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    No state licenses listed for this occupation.
     


    Education and Training Requirements
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  • Job Zone Two: Some Preparation Needed
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  • Education: These occupations usually require a high school diploma.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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    source: Occupational Information Network: Woodworking Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Except Sawing  updated December 2006
     


    Schools
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      Related Instructional Programs
     
    • Cabinetmaking and Millwork.
     
    • Woodworking, General.
     
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    source: National Center for Education Statistics 2000 Classification of Instructional Programs .
     


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