Woodworking Machine Operators


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Woodworking Machine Operators

Woodworking Machine Operators - Overview

Woodworking machine operators cut and shape wood to make products.

Woodworking machine operators use wood to make items such as doors, cabinets, and trim. They also cut and shape furniture, sporting goods, toys, and other wood items.

Woodworking machine operators set up, run, and tend machines such as:

  • Power saws
  • Lathes
  • Planers
  • Routers
  • Sanders

Most operators run one type of machine. Some operators are responsible for a variety of machines. They work with both computerized and manual machines.

Woodworking machine operators work from blueprints, drawings, or work orders. Before cutting, they examine the raw wood stock for defects and proper size.

Machine operators adjust machine settings to produce specified cuts. They attach saws, chisels, sanding belts and other tools. Sometimes they program settings into machines controlled by computers.

Operators start the machine and push the wood through the cutting or feed mechanisms. If the machine is automatic, they clamp the wood into the machine. They monitor the operation and make adjustments to correct problems.

When the piece is completed, machine operators remove and examine it. They mark the inspected work piece and stack it on a pallet or conveyor to be transported to the next workstation. In some cases, they glue pieces together after initial construction.

Machine operators clean their machines and work areas. They check machines and repair or replace parts that are worn.

Source: Illinois Career Information System (CIS) brought to you by Illinois Department of Employment Security.