Woodworking Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Except Sawing
SOC: 51-7042.00

Description:

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


National Salary Information:

Hourly Statistics:

Annual Statistics:

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 wage data.


Employment Projections:

Employment (2014):
72,100 employed

Projected (2024):
70,400 employed

Projected growth (2014-2024)


Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 2014-2024 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2014-2024). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.


Alternate 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


  • Job Zone Two: Some Preparation Needed

    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.

    Education:

    These occupations usually require a high school diploma.

    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.


    Required Skills:

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Active Listening
  • Writing
  • Speaking
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Critical Thinking
  • Active Learning
  • Learning Strategies
  • Monitoring
  • Social Perceptiveness
  • Coordination
  • Persuasion
  • Negotiation
  • Instructing
  • Service Orientation
  • Complex Problem Solving
  • Operations Analysis
  • Technology Design
  • Equipment Selection
  • Installation
  • Programming
  • Operation Monitoring
  • Operation and Control
  • Equipment Maintenance
  • Troubleshooting
  • Repairing
  • Quality Control Analysis
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Systems Analysis
  • Systems Evaluation
  • Time Management
  • Management of Financial Resources
  • Management of Material Resources
  • Management of Personnel Resources

  • Knowledge Used:

  • Administration and Management
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Personnel and Human Resources
  • Production and Processing
  • Computers and Electronics
  • Engineering and Technology
  • Design
  • Building and Construction
  • Mechanical
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Psychology
  • Medicine and Dentistry
  • Education and Training
  • English Language
  • Public Safety and Security
  • Communications and Media
  • Transportation


  • Tasks:

  • 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.
  • Push or hold workpieces against, under, or through cutting, boring, or shaping mechanisms.
  • Change alignment and adjustment of sanding, cutting, or boring machine guides to prevent defects in finished products, using hand tools.
  • Inspect pulleys, drive belts, guards, or fences on machines to ensure that machines will operate safely.
  • 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.
  • Clean or maintain products, machines, or work areas.
  • Attach and adjust guides, stops, clamps, chucks, or feed mechanisms, using hand tools.
  • Examine raw woodstock for defects and to ensure conformity to size and other specification standards.
  • Set up, program, or control computer-aided design (CAD) or computer numerical control (CNC) machines.
  • Operate gluing machines to glue pieces of wood together, or to press and affix wood veneer to wood surfaces.
  • Sharpen knives, bits, or other cutting or shaping tools.
  • Trim wood parts according to specifications, using planes, chisels, or wood files or sanders.
  • 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.
  • Control hoists to remove parts or products from work stations.
  • Grease or oil woodworking machines.

  • Tools & Technology:

  • Adjustable hand wrenches
  • Automatic panel saws
  • Bench grinders
  • Biscuit jointers
  • Boring bars
  • Boring machines
  • Case clamps
  • Claw hammers
  • Combination squares
  • Computer terminals
  • Computerized numerical control CNC boring machines
  • Conveyor feeders
  • Desktop computers
  • Dial calipers
  • Digital calipers
  • Dividers
  • Double end tenoners
  • Drill presses
  • Edge sanders
  • Grease guns
  • Hand lathes
  • Handsaws
  • Height gauges
  • Holding clamps
  • Holding jigs
  • Hydraulic hot presses
  • Lathes
  • Layout templates
  • Line boring machines
  • Machining centers
  • Nailing machines
  • Paint application brushes
  • Planers
  • Planing machines
  • Pneumatic sanding machines
  • Power routers
  • Power sanders
  • Precision rulers
  • Profile grinders
  • Protective ear muffs
  • Protractors
  • Random orbital sanders
  • Safety glasses
  • Safety gloves
  • Screw pocket machines
  • Shapers
  • Shaping machines
  • Spindle shapers
  • Spray guns
  • Tenoners
  • Turning lathes
  • Vernier calipers
  • Wide belt sanders
  • Wood files
  • Woodworking chisels
  • Computerized numerical control CNC software
  • Inventory control software
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Windows
  • Microsoft Word
  • Timekeeping software


  • production


    industry stats

    SOC: 51-0000

    Total Employed: 9,073,290

    Average Annual Salary: $36,220