Woodworking Machine Operators

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Woodworking Machine Operators

Woodworking Machine Operators - Working Conditions

In a typical work setting, woodworking machine operators:

Interpersonal Relationships

  • Have a low level of social contact. They work mainly with machines and materials but occasionally talk to supervisors and coworkers throughout the day.
  • Are somewhat responsible for the health and safety of others.
  • Are somewhat responsible for the work done by others.
  • May work as part of a team.

Physical Work Conditions

  • Work indoors and outdoors. The location greatly depends on the type of employer. Indoor locations may not have heating or air conditioning.
  • Wear ear plugs, safety glasses, respirators, or safety shields on a daily basis.
  • Are regularly exposed to sounds and noise levels that are distracting and uncomfortable.
  • Are often exposed to hazardous equipment and situations that may produce cuts.
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  • Are exposed to contaminants, such as wood dust, every day.

Work Performance

  • Must be sure that all details are done and their work is exact. Errors could cause injuries to workers.
  • Must allow the work pace to be set by the speed of machinery.
  • Repeat the same physical activities.
  • Set most of their daily tasks and goals without input from a supervisor.
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  • Must meet strict weekly and daily deadlines.


  • Usually work a 40-hour week.
  • Generally work a set schedule.
Source: Illinois Career Information System (CIS) brought to you by Illinois Department of Employment Security.