Woodworking Machine Operators


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Woodworking Machine Operators

Woodworking Machine Operators - Preparation

To work as a woodworking machine operator, you typically need to:

  • have a high school diploma or equivalent; and
  • complete moderate-term, on-the-job training.

Education after high school

Some woodworking machine operators learn their skills through formal training. They take courses at professional-technical schools or two-year colleges.

Work experience

Previous work as a carpenter is very helpful for this occupation.

On-the-job training

Most woodworking machine operators learn their skills on the job from an experienced worker. In this case, you begin working as a helper. Basic tasks take a few months to learn. Training typically lasts up to one year.

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