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

O*NET-SOC 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.

Sample of Reported Job Titles

  • Machine Operator
  • Sander Operator
  • Computer Numerical Control Operator (CNC Operator)
  • Machinist
  • Knot Saw Operator
  • Lathe Operator
  • Molder Operator
  • Boring Machine Operator
  • Cabinet Maker
  • Custom Shop Worker

SOC Occupation Groups

51-0000 Production Occupations
51-7000 Woodworkers
51-7040 Woodworking Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders
51-7042.00 Woodworking Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Except Sawing

Related Occupations

Tasks

  • Adjust machine tables or cutting devices and set controls on machines to produce specified cuts or operations.
  • Attach and adjust guides, stops, clamps, chucks, or feed mechanisms, using hand tools.
  • Change alignment and adjustment of sanding, cutting, or boring machine guides to prevent defects in finished products, using hand tools.
  • Clean or maintain products, machines, or work areas.
  • Control hoists to remove parts or products from work stations.
  • Determine product specifications and materials, work methods, and machine setup requirements, according to blueprints, oral or written instructions, drawings, or work orders.
  • 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.
  • Examine raw woodstock for defects and to ensure conformity to size and other specification standards.
  • Feed stock through feed mechanisms or conveyors into planing, shaping, boring, mortising, or sanding machines to produce desired components.
  • 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.
  • Install and adjust blades, cutterheads, boring-bits, or sanding-belts, using hand tools and rules.
  • Monitor operation of machines and make adjustments to correct problems and ensure conformance to specifications.
  • Operate gluing machines to glue pieces of wood together, or to press and affix wood veneer to wood surfaces.
  • Push or hold workpieces against, under, or through cutting, boring, or shaping mechanisms.
  • 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.
  • Select knives, saws, blades, cutter heads, cams, bits, or belts, according to workpiece, machine functions, or product 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.
  • Set up, program, or control computer-aided design (CAD) or computer numerical control (CNC) machines.
  • Sharpen knives, bits, or other cutting or shaping tools.
  • Start machines and move levers to engage hydraulic lifts that press woodstocks into desired forms and disengage lifts after appropriate drying times.
  • Start machines, adjust controls, and make trial cuts to ensure that machinery is operating properly.
  • Trim wood parts according to specifications, using planes, chisels, or wood files or sanders.
  • Unclamp workpieces and remove them from machines.

Detailed Work Activities

  • Clean production equipment.
  • Clean work areas.
  • Conduct test runs of production equipment.
  • Determine production equipment settings.
  • Feed materials or products into or through equipment.
  • Inspect lumber or raw woodstock.
  • Inspect production equipment.
  • Load materials into production equipment.
  • Maintain production or processing equipment.
  • Maneuver workpieces in equipment during production.
  • Mark products, workpieces, or equipment with identifying information.
  • Measure dimensions of completed products or workpieces to verify conformance to specifications.
  • Monitor equipment operation to ensure that products are not flawed.
  • Mount attachments or tools onto production equipment.
  • Mount materials or workpieces onto production equipment.
  • Operate cranes, hoists, or other moving or lifting equipment.
  • Operate woodworking equipment.
  • Program equipment to perform production tasks.
  • Remove accessories, tools, or other parts from equipment.
  • Remove products or workpieces from production equipment.
  • Replace worn equipment components.
  • Select production equipment according to product specifications.
  • Select production input materials.
  • Set equipment controls to meet cutting specifications.
  • Set equipment guides, stops, spacers, or other fixtures.
  • Sharpen cutting or grinding tools.
  • Stack finished items for further processing or shipment.
  • Trim excess material from workpieces.

Military Crosswalk Titles

No information available.

Apprenticeship Crosswalk Titles

  • Machine Setter (Woodworking)
  • Wood-Turning-Lathe Operator

DOT Crosswalk Titles

  • Adzing-and-Boring-Machine Operator
  • Barker Operator
  • Barrel-Lathe Operator, Inside
  • Barrel-Lathe Operator, Outside
  • Basket Assembler I
  • Bender, Machine
  • Blind-Slat-Stapling-Machine Operator
  • Boring-Machine Operator
  • Bottom-Hoop Driver
  • Bottom-Turning-Lathe Tender
  • Bowl Turner
  • Box-Blank-Machine Operator
  • Briar Cutter
  • Bucket Chucker
  • Bucket Turner
  • Checkering-Machine Adjuster
  • Chipping-Machine Operator
  • Chucking-and-Boring-Machine Operator
  • Chucking-Machine Operator
  • Clipper, Automatic
  • Coat-Hanger-Shaper-Machine Operator
  • Copy-Lathe Tender
  • Cork Grinder
  • Corrugated-Fastener Driver
  • Cylinder-Sander Operator
  • Dado Operator
  • Double-End-Trimmer-and-Boring-Machine Operator
  • Dovetail-Machine Operator
  • Dowel-Inserting-Machine Operator
  • Dowel-Machine Operator
  • End Frazer
  • End Stapler
  • Excelsior-Machine Tender
  • Foot-Miter Operator
  • Frame-Table Operator
  • Framer
  • Frazer
  • Groover-and-Striper Operator
  • Header
  • Heading-Machine Operator
  • Heel-Nailing-Machine Operator
  • Incising-Machine Operator
  • Inletter
  • Jointer Operator
  • Knife Setter
  • Last Scourer
  • Last Trimmer
  • Lathe Sander
  • Lock-Corner-Machine Operator
  • Machine Setter
  • Molder Operator
  • Molding Cutter
  • Molding Sander
  • Mortising-Machine Operator
  • Multi-Purpose Machine Operator
  • Multiple-Drum Sander
  • Nailing-Machine Operator
  • Nailing-Machine Operator, Automatic
  • Pipe-and-Tank Fabricator
  • Planer Operator
  • Plow-and-Boring-Machine Tender
  • Plugging-Machine Operator
  • Plywood-Scarfer Tender
  • Prefitter, Doors
  • Profile-Shaper Operator, Automatic
  • Pulley-Mortiser Operator
  • Punch Press Operator
  • Puncher
  • Rafter-Cutting-Machine Operator
  • Rodding Machine Tender
  • Roof-Truss-Machine Tender
  • Rough Planer Tender
  • Rounding-Machine Tender
  • Router Operator
  • Router Tender
  • Sander
  • Sander, Machine
  • Sander, Portable Machine
  • Sanding-Machine Buffer
  • Sanding-Machine Tender
  • Scooping-Machine Tender
  • Set-Up Mechanic
  • Shake Backboard Notcher
  • Shank Threader
  • Shaper Operator
  • Shuttle Spotter
  • Sizing-Machine Tender
  • Skiving-Machine Operator
  • Slat-Basket Maker, Machine
  • Slicing-Machine Tender
  • Smoking-Pipe Driller and Threader
  • Spar-Machine Operator
  • Speed-Belt-Sander Tender
  • Spindle Carver
  • Splitter Tender
  • Splitting-Machine Tender
  • Squeezer Operator
  • Stave Jointer
  • Stave-Machine Tender
  • Stemhole Borer
  • Stock Checkerer II
  • Stroke-Belt-Sander Operator
  • Swing-Type-Lathe Operator
  • Tenoner Operator
  • Timber-Sizer Operator
  • Tip Inserter
  • Tongue-and-Groove-Machine Operator
  • Touch-Up Carver
  • Trimming Machine Set-Up Operator
  • Turner
  • Turning Lathe Tender
  • Turning Machine Set-Up Operator
  • Turning-Sander Tender
  • Veneer Clipper
  • Veneer Jointer
  • Veneer-Lathe Operator
  • Veneer-Slicing-Machine Operator
  • Wood-Carving-Machine Operator
  • Wood-Heel Back-Liner
  • Wood-Turning-Lathe Operator